Thursday, June 14, 2012

Amazon Publishing's getting around bookseller objections by selling eBooks through HMH

Publishers Lunch Deluxe reports that at least two Amazon Publishing eBooks, including Oliver Pötzsch's The Dark Monk: A Hangman's Daughter Tale, the follow-up to his bestseller The Hangman's Daughter, are being sold by Barnes & Noble, Apple and Kobo. The eBooks are being sold to the retailers by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt under the New Harvest imprint. Previously, Amazon Publishing had licensed HMH only print rights to selected titles, and Amazon exclusively sold its own eBooks.

According to the article, Amazon has informally said from the beginning that it intended to make eBook versions of all Amazon Publishing New York titles available for sale outside of the Kindle Store. This new arrangement will enable the resellers that refused to sell Amazon Publishing titles in their stores unless they could also sell the eBook versions to lift their ban, at least on titles sold through HMH.
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