It looks like Amazon has begun to restore Macmillan print books–but not Kindle ebooks– to their website. All week I’ve been spot-checking various titles throughout the day, and when I last checked at 3:45pm PST, these print books were finally available for sale again:
- Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall (Henry Holt)
- Atul Gawande’s The Checklist Manifesto (Metropolitan Books)
- John Scalzi’s Your Hate Mail Will Be Graded (Tor)
- Cherie Priest’s Boneshaker (Tor)
Update: The New York Times Bits blog has confirmed it in their post, “Macmillan Books Return to Amazon After Dispute“:
Electronic and paper books from the publisher Macmillan were returning to Amazon.com Friday evening, ending a week-long public conflict as the parties negotiated over the future price of e-books.
Details of the resolution have not been made public, but the restoration of Macmillan books to Amazon’s site indicates a peaceful settlement was reached. “I am delighted to be back in business with Amazon,” John Sargent, chief executive of Macmillan, said in an e-mail message…
So what did Amazon hold out for? The company would not comment, but it is likely that Amazon demanded that no other e-book vendors, such as Apple, get preferential access to new titles, or any kind of pricing advantages. Amazon may also have negotiated terms into its agreement with the publisher that would allow users of Kindles or Kindle software to lend e-books to each other.