Books-A-Million — the nation’s second largest bookstore chain after Barnes & Noble (NYSE: BKS) — announced today that, like B&N, it will not carry Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN) Publishing titles in its stores.
Publishers Weekly reports, “Books-A-Million has joined with Barnes & Noble and will not carry Amazon Publishing titles, including those published under Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s New Harvest imprint.”
It’s unclear from the statement whether Books-A-Million will sell Amazon Publishing titles online — as Barnes & Noble has said it will — or if it will refuse to sell them online and in bricks-and-mortar stores. I have asked the company for clarification.
Barnes & Noble’s statement appeared predicated on the notion that Amazon would not allow it to sell Nook versions of Amazon Publishing titles. Books-A-Million’s motivation is, presumably, the same, though that’s unclear. Both chains could change their policies if Amazon allows them to sell its titles as e-books.
Books-A-Million is headquartered in Birmingham, Ala. and operates over 200 stores in 31 states — including many Southern states — and Washington, DC. (Barnes & Noble has 703 stores. Books-A-Million was the nation’s third-largest bookstore chain before Borders closed.) Books-A-Million sells the Nook as its exclusive e-reader.