From The Bookseller:
At least two of the big six publishers in the US are refusing to renew contracts with Amazon.com, with the giant internet retailer said to be downplaying the promotion of their titles as a result of the dispute.
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The problems have come to the fore after Amazon demanded increases in ‘co-op promotional fees’ for e-books. According to Salon, in some cases Amazon has been asking for promotional fees “30 times their 2011 cost”. Publishers Weekly reported back in August that Amazon had been asking for a higher contribution to marketing costs, and in February this year, the US distributor Independent Publishers Group saw its e-book titles removed from Amazon’s website after it refused to give in to demands.
PaidContent notes that none of the ‘big-six’ publishers’ titles have so far been removed from Amazon.com, as has happened in the past both in the US and UK, but said sources indicated that it was not promoting big-six houses’ books on the site or in marketing materials “in ways it once did”. The report did not name the publishers it thought had seen their books lose Amazon promotional support, but Amazon’s ‘Best Books of April’ campaign features titles from a range of publishers, across both print and digital formats, including books from Simon & Schuster, Macmillan, Random House, and HarperCollins, but none from Penguin or the Hachette Book Group–though books from these publishers do feature in the ‘category’ highlights.
Link to the rest at The Bookseller and thanks to many different Passive Voice visitors for tips on this topic.
Given the antitrust suit filed against five of the Big Six today, PG doesn’t think it’s a good time for big publishers to engage in concerted action against Amazon.