Saturday, January 30, 2010 Pulls All Macmillan Titles from its Virtual Shelves


If our mystery book buyers are having trouble finding certain titles to purchase through this morning, there's a simple reason for that: has pulled from its virtual shelves all books published by Macmillan and its imprints. The reason for doing so: and Macmillan are disputing how the online retailer prices the publisher's e-books. The New York Times printed a good summary on the dispute earlier today.

(Full disclosure: Most of the books mentioned on this site are linked to for purchase. We get a commission on every sale, which helps support not only this site but our entire family of mystery websites. But we do not get a commission on the sale of any e-books from, that being one of the categories explicitly excluded by its affilitate operating agreement.) pulling all of Macmillan's titles seems extreme, to say the least. And it could, presumably, get worse. Macmillan is but one of five major publishers which have recently spoken to Apple about offering electronic versions of their books for sale on the new iPad ... at substantially higher retail prices. The others (all with major imprints that regularly publish mystery books) are Penguin Group, HarperCollins, Hachette Books, and Simon & Schuster.

Let's hope this is a temporary situation, and that the book publishers and online booksellers can resolve their differences without dragging their customers any further into the mix.

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