From Ink, Bits & Pixels:
Amazon may have inked deals with Hachette, Macmillan, and Simon & Schuster in the past 6 months, but HarperCollins is proving to be tougher prey.
Business Insider reports that HarperCollins is in the midst of a bitter contract renegotiation with Amazon, and it’s not going well. Very few details have been leaked, but we do know that:
The contract between “Big Five” book publisher HarperCollins and Amazon is about to expire and HarperCollins is refusing to sign an agreement with the new terms that Amazon is asking, a source with knowledge of the situation tells Business Insider.
Amazon reportedly offered the same deal to HC that they signed with Hachette, S&S, and Macmillan late last year.
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I happen to have been looking at the Kindle ebook prices for Hachette, S&S, and Macmillan over the past week or so, and I don’t think we should describe this as a lighter version of agency.
Of the top 20 most popular titles for each publisher, nearly all S&S and Hachette titles indicated that “this price was set by the publisher”(*). That used to be a sign that they’re being sold under agency, with the publisher dictating the price and Amazon blocked from discounting.
It’s not clear what that statement means now, but when paired with ebooks priced above $10 and ending in $X.99, I think we’re looking at agency.
Link to the rest at Ink, Bits & Pixels