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Exclusive: Amazon NY signs deal to sell its ebooks through other retailers

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Amazon’s New York-based book publishing imprint, which is headed by publishing industry vet Larry Kirshbaum, has signed a deal with Ingram to distribute its ebooks to other retailers, paidContent has learned. Amazon and Ingram confirmed the news.

The deal, with Ingram’s digital distribution arm CoreSource, will make the ebooks available to Amazon competitors like Barnes & Noble (s bks), Apple(s aapl) and Kobo — though, of course, those competitors won’t be required to stock Amazon titles. The idea of Apple selling Amazon’s ebooks is particularly interesting, given the Department of Justice’s lawsuit against Apple and book publishers for allegedly colluding to set ebook prices.

“We welcome Amazon Publishing’s New York adult group to the growing list of publishers who use our service,” said Phil Ollila, Ingram Content Group’s chief content officer. Titles from Amazon’s West Coast imprints are not included in the Ingram deal.

Amazon New York is publishing its first list this fall. Feature titles include Timothy Ferriss’s The 4-Hour ChefPenny Marshall’s My Mother Was Nuts and Jessica Valenti’s Why Have Kids?

Amazon already makes a couple of its ebooks available through other retailers. Barnes & Noble previously stated that it would not carry Amazon Publishing print titles in its physical stores, in part because it was not allowed to sell the digital editions. Now that Barnes & Noble will have access to the ebooks as well, I’ve asked the company if it is going to change its policy.

A quick search through Barnes & Noble and Kobo’s websites this morning did not yet turn up Amazon NY titles. For example, one of the early titles on Amazon NY’s fall list — Outside In: The Power of Putting Customers at the Center of Your Business by Harley Manning and Kerry Boche — is available through Amazon as a print book and an ebookOutside In is only available as a print book on Barnes & Noble’s site, and it is not available as an ebook on Kobo. I have asked Ingram for a statement and will update this post when I hear back.

23 Responses to “Exclusive: Amazon NY signs deal to sell its ebooks through other retailers”

  1. Peter Riva

    The reader is increasingly in charge of the supply chain, and that is a good thing. The very forces that brought about the surge in all book publishing when paperbacks were first introduced (the ’50s) is repeating itself here. Bravo to Amazon. (Disclaimer: we have licensed many books to Amazon Content).

  2. Terry Mominee

    I think the questions concerning KDP Select are going to be critical issues. That needs to be clarified as quickly as possible, or a lot of authors will find themselves in an untenable position.

  3. I was just at Barnes & Noble trying to drop a complimentary copy of my latest book and push my title, flower from Castile Trilogy, because I’m a local author. The manager was very friendly and stated that he will try to get the paperback.
    By coincidence, the Nook salesman was there selling his Nooks. I asked him if my book on Kindle could be listed on their online page. Being that it isn’t on Nook would they carry it online if I publish on Nook? but of course he said, but it can’t be on both Kindle and Nook at the same time. I was told that Amazon doesn’t like their eBooks published on Nook. Why, I asked, can’t we have both? After all, readers who go to Barnes & Noble online cannot buy books on Kindle and vice versa. Is this policy shortchanging the readers?

  4. How will this work with Amazon’s KDP Select? These ebooks will not be available for Amazon Prime members to borrow and 5 free days in a 90-day exclusive period? Or will these ebooks have “special privileges”?

  5. Interesting, considering that if you have a Nook, you can only purchase an ebook via B& And I read above that Kobo has the same restriction, which I didn’t know.

    As an indie author/publisher who has an ebook-only out there with all the vendors, I spend an inordinate amount of time explaining and providing tech support for folks who want to purchase my book but aren’t all that tech-savvy about ebooks.

    Rosie McGee, author of “Dancing with the Dead–A Photographic Memoir”

    • Rosie,
      Yes each e-book distributor has their own e-book reader, to corner their market. It would be easier if you were to place your e-books on Amazon/Kindle as well as at Smashwords. Mark Coker of Smashwords dot com distributes to Kobo, B & N, Deisel and many more. He is continually adding to the distribution, in fact he recently added libraries to our distribution.
      If you need help with formatting issues contact integrityselfpublishing dot com for cost effective assistance.
      Deb Ling
      author and publisher

  6. Reblogged this on Speaking to the Eyes and commented:
    I think this is a great move for Amazon, expanding their visibility and accessibility. As a Kobo user, I’m not able to buy anything off Amazon for my Kobo; which means that I’m not reading some indie author’s books. It’s good to see this kind of change!

  7. Ronnie Ray Jenkins

    A farther reaching distribution of author’s works is what is needed today, and I think it’s a great idea for authors. Will a wider distribution make up for the percentages taken by all of these distributors though?

    • Claire Nahmad

      A good point, Ronnie. The British distributors Gazelle demand 65% of all net receipts! No wonder publishers find life hard, and authors find it harder.

  8. Fred Zimmerman

    Sensible, not extraordinary. Amazon NY is a “regular” publishing company *and* an Amazon subsidiary. Makes sense for it to get credited both ways.

  9. To encourage best-selling authors to sign up under their own label, I guess they need to offer the widest possible distribution for those titles. Although most authors would sell their grandmothers just to have the Amazon marketing machine at their disposal. Rather than relying on Amazon’s famous recommendation algorithms to spot and promote their work, I expect the Amazon-backed authors will enjoy a level of visibility of which most of us can only dream.