Books pulled from Amazon.com in pricing dispute

Books published by Macmillan are unavailable on Amazon.com, apparently the biggest rift yet in the ongoing dispute over e-book prices.



Macmillan CEO John Sargent says he was told Friday that its books would be removed from Amazon.com, as would e-books for Amazon’s Kindle e-reader.

Sargent had met with Amazon officials Thursday to discuss the publisher’s new pricing model for e-books. He writes in a letter to Macmillan authors and literary agents that the plan would allow Amazon to make more money selling Macmillan books and that Macmillan would make less.

Publishers have criticized Amazon for charging $9.99 for best-selling e-books. They say the price is too low and could hurt hardcover sales.

Amazon did not immediately return messages seeking comment Saturday.


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