Amazon-MacMillan Dustup: Bezos Blinks

January 31, 2010 at 6:26 PM Leave a comment

Interesting kerfuffle between Amazon and the publisher MacMillan (apparently over the price of MacMillan’s books on the Kindle):

http://www.boingboing.net/2010/01/29/amazon-and-macmillan.html

The link above is to BoingBoing’s story on the to-do, which is memorable chiefly for its characterization of the Kindle as a “roach motel for books”. If that got your attention (or if you’re a fan of MacMillan’s Tor imprint), read on.

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Hmm! Not so fast! Apparently Amazon caved, sometime over the weekend, and according to BusinessWeek will allow MacMillan to raise their book prices to $14.99, afterall. If I were a cartoonist I would draw Jobs with a leash on Bezos and write MacMillan (or maybe iPad) on the leash. Poor Amazon – they must be feeling punch-drunk right now. Let’s hope for their sake that they’re working on a full-size Amazon app for the iPad – and that Apple allows it to go into the iPad App Store.

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