Amazon vs. Barnes & Noble: Book Distribution Conflicts

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Introduction Barnes & Noble are taking different tacks with regard to agreements with authors agents, and publishers. Amazon is pulling content off the market and padlocking it to their Kindle. In response, Barnes & Noble is refusing to stock Amazon published titles in its brick-and-mortar stores. Barnes & Nobles' investment in the well-received, well-reviewed Nook appears to have been a solid business decision, the ripples of which will continue to be felt for some time. In fact, the Nook is the proverbial finger in the dike as the waters of Amazon continue to threaten the very infrastructure of the publishing business by eroding the relationship between publishers and bricks-and-mortar stores. Depending on the source, independent bookstores are said to be making a slow comeback the American Booksellers Association asserted that 41 new independently owned bookstores were opened in 2011 or are still hemorrhaging Bosman (2012) suggested that 500 independent bookstores have been shuttered since 2002. When is an Amazon a behemoth? From the perspective of absolute profit in the short-term, the decision by Amazon to get into publishing is a good move a sensible business venture. A second question lies just beyond the margin of whether Amazon should go into publishing or not: What impact will print-on-demand have for the publishing industry overall. From the publishers' perspective, print-on-demand solves one problem: No more remainders. Unsold books would not be returned

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