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):

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.


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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