Earlier this week, I unexpectedly saw this headline:
Barnes and Noble will not sell Amazon published titles
The comments thread – both on the original article, and on the article author’s page on Facebook – are worth reading. The practical upshot seems to be this:
If you’re published by Amazon’s publishing arm, don’t expect your physical books to show up in Barnes & Noble’s brick-and-mortar bookstores, or your eBooks to show up on their website.
Honestly, if you did, you might want to take a reality check. Amazon and Barnes & Noble are direct competitors. There’s no reason why B&N would ever give shelf space up to their direct competitor – and honestly, they shouldn’t. If Amazon wants those books in Barnes & Noble, then they should spin off their publishing arm ASAP and quit with the monopoly-making.
Please note that this – unlike
some of Amazon’s exclusivity moves in the last quarter – is specifically about books and eBooks published by Amazon
, not those available at Amazon.
There’s a huge difference between those two. For example, The Crimson Pact
at Amazon and B&N. It is published
by Alliteration Ink
While Alliteration Ink has used CreateSpace for print books, it’s been as a printer – and I can take the same source material to LightningSource or another printer – and get into different distribution channels that way. The ISBNs reflect that Alliteration Ink – not anybody else – is the publisher of record.
It is exactly for this kind of shenanigan reason
that I have always
advised that you not let CreateSpace, Smashwords, Google, or anyone else own the ISBN for your book – which would make them
the publisher of record. It’s already hard enough to get your book on shelves
. Having your book banned because of market posturing isn’t something you need.
But while B&N is facing real problems – just like every other bookstore – I am skeptical that Amazon’s self-made superstars are going to make or break the deal. Those authors have been heavily promoted to Amazon customers. More on this tomorrow.