Why Publishers, Not Amazon, Should Set Book Prices

Date: 23 Jun 2011 | posted in: Retail | 5 Facebooktwitterredditmail

After winning a high-stakes standoff against Amazon last year, publishers are now setting the prices that retailers can charge for their e-books.

At first blush, one might assume that such price-fixing would result in higher prices. But the evidence from more than a dozen European countries, where laws have long prohibited selling both print and electronic books below a set price, clearly shows that publisher-mandated pricing saves consumers money. It also fosters a more lively and competitive book industry, with far more books published and many more independent bookstores open than in countries where big retailers control pricing.… Read More

Big Retailers Seek Exclusive Deals on Books and Albums

Date: 8 Oct 2008 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

When a small publisher recently agreed to let Amazon.com be the exclusive seller of a new book about Barack Obama, the deal sparked a flurry of protest from independent booksellers and provided new evidence that the e-commerce giant intends to leverage its power as a retailer to gain more control over the production and distribution of books.… Read More

Iowa Reconsiders Link to Amazon on State Web Site

Date: 1 Aug 2002 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The state of Iowa is in the process of removing a direct link to Amazon.com from the homepage of its official web site (http://www.iowa.gov). Under the new policy, visitors who click on the prominently placed graphic, "Looking for books about Iowa? Click Here Now," will be directed instead to a page with links to both Amazon.com and Booksense.com, an e-commerce site for independent bookstores. The decision followed a letter sent by the owners of nine Iowa bookstores. … Read More

Consumer Reports Ranks Independent Bookstores #1

Date: 1 Dec 2001 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In an extensive survey conducted by Consumer Reports, 88 percent of respondents said they were either completely satisfied or very satisfied with their experience at independent bookstores. Independents not only out-ranked internet and chain bookstores, but their exceptionally high rating put them "on a par with the highest-rated stores from any Consumer Reports survey in recent years." … Read More

California Ruling Forces Borders.Com To Collect Sales Taxes

Date: 1 Dec 2001 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In a decision that may galvanize action in other states, the California Board of Equalization (BOE) has ruled that online bookseller Borders.com must collect state sales tax. Under a 1992 Supreme Court decision, Quill Corp. v. North Dakota, states cannot compel out-of-state companies to collect sales taxes unless the company has a physical presence, or "nexus," in the state.… Read More

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