Amazon is selling at least two Amazon Publishing e-books in other digital bookstores, Publishers Lunch discovered (paywall) last night. Until now, it has sold its e-books exclusively through the Kindle Store.
The books are Oliver Pötzsch’s bestselling “The Hangman’s Daughter” and the sequel to that book, “The Dark Monk,” released on Tuesday.
“The Hangman’s Daughter,” with a digital list price of $9.99, is $3.99 in the Kindle Store (or free in the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library). It’s $8.99 in Barnes & Noble’s Nook store, $9.99 in the iBookstore and $7.69 at Kobo.
I can’t find either book in Google’s digital bookstore, Books for Google Play,
or in the Sony (SNE) Bookstore. Update, 6/15/12: Both books are now in the Sony Bookstore too. “The Dark Monk” is $7.99 there and “The Hangman’s Daughter” is $9.90.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, which is publishing the print versions of all the titles from Amazon Publishing’s New York imprint, is also listed as the publisher of the non-Kindle e-book editions. Amazon previously announced that it would sell James Atlas’s upcoming “Amazon Lives” series of mini biographies through all digital retailers, but didn’t say at the time whether it would expand that policy to other titles too.
Now we see that in the case of at least two published titles, Amazon is making them available to other digital bookstores, and the bookstores are agreeing to carry them. Barnes & Noble had said it would not carry Amazon print titles in its stores, but apparently it doesn’t mind selling some e-books online. I’ll head to my local Barnes & Noble later today to see if “The Dark Monk” is available there too.