Barnes & Noble announced on Tuesday that they will be pulling titles off their shelves from Amazon Publishing. Barnes & Noble has over 700 retail locations and has decided that this was the best thing to do to protest against exclusivity deals that Amazon has been creating. The New York Times received word from Barnes & Noble’s chief merchandising officer, Jaime Carey, who said “Our decision is based on Amazon’s continued push for exclusivity with publishers, agents and the authors they represent…Their actions have undermined the industry as a whole and have prevented millions of customers from having access to content.” Fortunately for Nook users and eBook enthusiasts, Barnes & Noble is continuing the sale of Amazon Publishing titles through their online site.
This move could definitely affect Amazon’s ability to sign authors that would want their titles to be sold in Barnes & Noble’s 703 nationwide stores. There is still a huge market for brick and mortar book sales and Barnes & Noble maintains a good market share in that category. Especially when there are writers who only have print book versions of their titles for sale and no e-Book versions. We will have to wait and see if the independent bookstore community follows suit with Barnes & Noble to help end exclusivity deals on print or e-book sales.