As Competition Wanes, Amazon Cuts Back Discounts

“Amazon is doing something vitally important for book culture by making books readily available in places they might not otherwise exist,” said Ted Striphas, an associate professor at Indiana University Bloomington. “But culture is best when it is robust and decentralized, not when there is a single authority that controls the bulk of every transaction.”

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One book mentioned in the article is: Jim Harrison: A Comprehensive Bibliography, 1964-2008

Few things to note. Unless I ran my search on Worldcat wrong no library in the U.S. has this book. If no libraries are buying the book Amazon is not the only entity to blame for poor sales. How about the fact that it is a bibliography? The NYT picks a bibliography to demonstrate poor sales caused by Amazon supposedly raising the price of the book?

BN.com price for book: $59.98
Amazon.com price: $59.87

I guess BN.com is also gouging. The list price of the book is $65. If the publisher and author want to book to sell for less set the list price lower.

Ted Striphas

Excerpt from article: When Mr. Striphas’s book, “The Late Age of Print: Everyday Book Culture from Consumerism to Control,” first appeared in paperback in 2011, Amazon sold it for $17.50, the author said. Now it is $19.

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On Amazon you can buy a used copy for $6.50 and the Kindle version is $11.

Half.com has a used copy for $8.50

BN has the book for $20 and the Nook version for $11 if you want an alternative to the Kindle version.

Born to Lose

This NYT article was picking some interesting books to show as examples.

No libraries in the U.S. had copies of the Jim Harrison book according to Worldcat and no libraries in the U.S. have print copies of the "Born to Lose" book. Via Overdrive several libraries have the book available in electronic format.

You'd think

They would choose some 'normal' books to show their point, but then that wouldn't work as well would it.

Maybe they should do a unit cost of the books in question to work out the true value and see if the list price is too high as well?

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