Amazon is pulling e-books distributed through the Independent Publishers Group (IPG) off its virtual shelves. The move comes after a dispute over the terms of their distribution agreement.
According to the Chicago Tribune, IPG president Mark Suchomel wrote in the newsletter ‘Publishers Lunch,’ that:
“Our electronic book agreement recently came up for renewal, and Amazon took the opportunity to propose new terms for electronic and print purchases that would have substantially changed your revenue from the sale of both. It’s obvious that publishers can’t continue to agree to terms that increasingly reduce already narrow margins.”
IPG’s e-books are still available through BarnesandNoble.com, Apple’s iTunes Store, and indiebound.org, said the Chicago Tribune.
Some of IPG’s best sellers which are being pulled from Amazon are the Kindle versions of ‘So Now You’re a Zombie’ by John Austin, ‘Lethal Rage’ by Brent Pilkey, ‘Blood Ties’ by Lori Armstrong, ‘That Old Black Magic’ by Tom Clavin, and ‘Run Among Thorns’ by Anna Lucia. In all, approximately 5000 Kindle e-books will be removed.
Only the Kindle e-book versions of the books will be affected. Hardback and softback copies remain for sale on Amazon.com.
Will Kindle e-book versions of IPG books return to Amazon.com anytime soon? It’s hard to say. IPG issued an update on their website yesterday. It doesn’t provide any clues. It simply says “Amazon has decided not to offer our Kindle editions at this time. Our other electronic formats are available from booksellers nationwide.” Amazon has not released any public statements on the issue.