Tuesday, November 24, 2015
ABA Head Rings Alarm About Amazon Books and Antitrust Laws
In a letter about the upcoming holiday season, which appeared in Bookselling This Week, American Booksellers Association CEO Oren Teicher discussed various expected topics, like Indies First on Small Business Saturday (November 28) and the advantages of joining a national map for consumers. It was in his closing, though, that he touched on something of more pressing concern: How Amazon can sell books in its newly opened physical store in Seattle at the same prices as its online one.
How Amazon Books is stocking its shelves is among the questions indie booksellers have about the new bricks-and-mortar store. As a small physical store, similar in size to many indies, the location should not benefit from the deep discounts that its parent company receives on titles at the wholesale level.