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Amazon Accused Of 'bullying' Smaller Uk Publishers

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-27994314

Amazon is facing a battle with UK publishers as it seeks to secure more advantageous terms in its latest round of contract negotiations.

The web giant wants the right to print books itself if publishers fail to provide adequate stock, and wants publishers to match any pricing deals it offers to other distributers.

One mid-sized firm accused Amazon of "bullying," and warned that the company was destroying the industry.

Amazon has not commented on the issue.

Could there be business incentives to allow Amazon to print the books, ie take a fee for each book printed even if it's not sold?

Or perhaps all the small publishers could set up there own distribution website for people to buy books?

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Could there be business incentives to allow Amazon to print the books, ie take a fee for each book printed even if it's not sold?

Or perhaps all the small publishers could set up there own distribution website for people to buy books?

They won't print anything unless there's an order. My guess is that Amazon could eventually, if not doing already, print on demand cheaper than many small publishers could do a limited print-run. It'll cost them nothing to store the electronic versions.

The advantage to Amazon, of course, is that they make a sale where perhaps they wouldn't have if the book was out of stock, and also probably take a larger cut for the convenience of doing the printing for the publisher.

The quote at the end of the article is nicely nuanced. Amazon have probably a been a good thing for many small publishers and writers overall by providing a lot more exposure and an easy selling platform. The trouble is that as others have found in other areas, Amazon in its drive for profits and expansion doesn't respect traditional boundaries. They'll happily hoover up all of the publishing profits, and if book writing algorithms ever get good enough, cut out the writers too. It's easy to imagine the average airport thriller or romance titles getting written by computer in the future.

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