Why Amazon Publishing gives literary agents pause
These days, Amazon is pretty much the poster child for what happens when you insist on having your fancy cake and eating it, too. Back in January, Amazon Publishing entered into a licensing agreement with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, which is now publishing and distributing print versions of Amazon’s titles under a new, dedicated imprint, New Harvest. At the time, this PaidContent article surmised that this alliance might be designed to sneak Amazon titles into Barnes & Noble stores.
It kind of made sense, in theory. Except for the fact that Barnes & Noble wasn’t even remotely down with the program.
At the end of January, the largest remaining bookstore chain announced that it wouldn’t carry any Amazon Publishing titles, including the ones published by the New Harvest imprint. As long as Amazon maintained exclusivity over the digital versions of its books—thereby not allowing customers to purchase Amazon books through…
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