Monday, February 20, 2012

Two more giant retailers join boycott of books published by Amazon

Maybe it’s an instance of live by the sword, die by the sword: After years of ruthlessly battering retailers with relentless and drastic predatory pricing,Amazon finds its foray into book publishing being greeted by a wide-scale and growing retailer boycott.

Late Friday, just days after the country’s biggest brick-and-mortar chain,Barnes & Noble, announced it would not sell books published by Amazon because its “actions have undermined the industry as a whole” (see our earlier report), two more giant chains announced they were joining the boycott: the 200+ stores of the country’s second biggest bookseller chain,Books-A-Million (BAM), and Canada’s number one book retailer, Chapters Indigo.

BAM seems not to have released a statement but rather made the announcement via a phone call to Publishers Weekly, which in turn broke the news with a one-sentence report that notes only that the boycott includes books published by Amazon’s “beard” imprint at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, New Harvest. (See our earlier report.) There’s no indication the company made any further statement about its action. Read more at: