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Tuesday, Feb 2, 2010
by PopMatters Staff
by Marion Maneker
The Big Money (31 January 2010)

“Two days after Apple (AAPL) announced its new iBooks store—featuring a deal with booksellers called the “agency model,” in which Apple acts as the publisher’s agent in exchange for a 30% distribution fee—Amazon (AMZN) declared war on publishers.


Amazon, perhaps panicked by the degree of old-media collusion with its Cupertino rival, Amazon shut down the sales of all Macmillan titles—electronic and physical—on Friday. How that blatant act of bullying will advance Amazon’s agenda remains difficult to see. The lost sales will be significant for Macmillan but the revelation that Amazon is willing to abuse its market position will be a greater blow to the internet retailer.”


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