Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Tuesday, April 03, 2012
Hometown Paper Criticizes Amazon On Changed Academic Discounts and Modest Philanthropy
Times offers up two slabs of red meat for those who worry about Amazon's
growing power and how they wield it in introducing a four-part series on the
company. The lengthy business piece includes only these two morsels of news:
academic and nonfiction publisher McFarland and professional and academic
publisher Berkshire Publishing Group have also declined to accept Amazon's push
for moving academic publishers from their traditional short discount to more of
a trade discount schedule.
which appears to use the Advantage program, declined to accept a proposed 45
percent discount as of January 1. (The publisher straddles academic and trade
worlds; their primary subject areas are pop culture, sports, military history
and transportation.) The company says they continue to fulfill orders on their
"standard" terms, however, so for now nothing has actually changed.
Director of sales and marketing Karl-Heinz Roseman says "if that changed,
we'd simply not fill their orders and insist they get our books from a
third-party wholesaler." McFarland says Amazon comprised 70 percent of
their retail sales, but only 15 percent of their overall business Similarly,
Berkshire House president Karen Christensen indicates Amazon e-mailed in
December asking for more discount beyond the current 40 percent off. "She
refused, and Amazon stopped placing orders, affecting 10 percent of her