The Apple iPad is just days old yet it’s already starting to make trouble for its competitors after Amazon decided to temporarily remove books published by Macmillan from its site, over a disagreement on eBook pricing.
Currently Amazon.com users wanting to buy a Macmillan published book in the old fashioned format, will only be able to purchase the product from third party retailers.
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Macmillan, one of the five publishers announced by Apple as part of its new iBooks Store venture is at war with Amazon at its refusal to budge on the $9.99 they currently charge for e-Books.
The major international publisher is looking for an e-Book price closer to the $14.99 Apple has agreed to sell e-Books for use with its iPad tablet device.
Macmillan books can still be bought from Amazon.co.uk for the time being, but whether this disagreement will impact on Amazon’s UK retail presence when the iPad nears launch, only time will tell.
We can imagine a certain Mr Jobs will be happy to hear of the online retailer’s latest plight as the Kindle faces up to the reality that Apple is bringing something new to the eReader party.
Link: LA Times