What Amazon Wants From Hachette: $9.99 E-Book Prices

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Amazon is finally providing some explanation for its ongoing dispute with the publisher Hachette, explaining that it’s taken issue over Hachette’s insistence on pricing ebooks above $9.99. In a note on Tuesday, Amazon explained that it’s not actually looking for a particularly large share of the revenue on ebook sales: it’s only interested in taking 30 percent, a fairly standard figure for digital store sales and the same figure that it says Hachette proposed in 2010. Instead, the change Amazon wants to see is for most ebooks to sell for $9.99 or less, with only a “small number of specialized titles” being offered at prices above that. “With an ebook, there’s no printing, no over-printing, no need to forecast, no returns, no lost sales due to out-of-stock, no warehousing costs, no transportation costs, and there is no secondary market — e-books cannot be resold as used books,” Amazon’s books team writes.

Read the full story at The Verge, and Amazon’s original post.

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