I just did a double-take reading Publisher's Lunch. It appears Ingram's has notified its electronic client sites that it cannot furnish works by publishers who have adopted the agency model. I think Random House is the only major publisher who hasn't.
My surprise comes from the fact that I assumed Ingram's was a print distributor (getting print books in all the stores), a middleman who takes a cut but saves the publisher major shipping hassles.
What are they doing with e-books? Why do we need distribution for those? Do we need to cut further into author profits? Just what service do they perform, since the whole buiness is an electronic click?
If anyone understands this, please explain.