Just sharing in case someone hasn't heard.
It doesn't seem very smart to me. They're no longer going to sell Barry Eisler, for instance? I know Amazon is trying to take over the world, and I understand where B&N is coming from, but they are cutting off their nose to spite their face.
Yes, it's foolish. But then, I don't shop B&N. I shop Amazon. Much better service and selection.
And now I'm starting to think I should've bought a Kindle.
Do you have a nook? I'm wondering if it's going to be like Betamax vs VHS, if it will really all shake out to just one. I'm not sure it will. Regardless, I don't have an ereader at all. All of my family members got actual books from me for Christmas this year, bought at an actual independent bookstore. Paid a little more than I would have at Amazon, but this store hosted my launch party last year and I owe them.
Yep, it's a Nook. I like the interface better than Kindle. That was the decision-maker. Maybe it'll be a collectible some day.
Barnes and who?
As silly as it may seem, one can see how they might not want to put money in Amazon's pockets.
But if you can't beat 'em, join 'em. Right?
Makes perfect sense, although it's a shame we've reached this point in the slow devolution of the publishing ecosystem. And I'm not sure how it is that Amazon's going to avoid becoming a vertical monopoly, once they're the #1 publisher, retailer, distributor, etc., and there's no one left to offer any serious competition. I guess from their point of view there are worse problems one could have.
Having been treated badly by publishers and retailers, I can't say I worry much about them.
I'm not surprised that B&N is playing this card. B&N's lost tons of business to Amazon so the last thing they'll wanna do is sell Amazon's titles. LOL!