Amazon Says It Will Only Sell Print-On-Demand Books That It Gets To Print

from the well,-that's-not-very-neighborly dept

Amazon has generally been a rather friendly neighbor in the e-commerce world, not acting vindictively against competitors, but focusing on improving its customer experience continuously, and figuring that's a better way to beat the competition. Apparently, that's not working in the print-on-demand space, however. You may recall that in 2005 Amazon bought a print-on-demand company. There are a few other print-on-demand companies out there, some of which have pretty good reputations and are probably more widely known than Amazon's print-on-demand offering. It would appear that Amazon has a problem with that. It's now saying that it won't sell books from competing print-on-demand shops, requiring anyone who wants to do print-on-demand to use Amazon's (more expensive) service. This is a pretty aggressive (and totally unnecessary) move. You would think that Amazon might play nicer. Any bets on how long it takes for another print-on-demand firm to sue over this decision?
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Filed Under: books, competition, print on demand
Companies: amazon

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    Douglas Gresham, 28 Mar 2008 @ 11:44am

    Smells like antitrust

    In the non-monopolised world, Amazon not stocking those products would lose them their cut to other outlets. The only way this can work is if Amazon controls a sufficiently large market share in general book retail to leverage it unfairly in this new market space. IANAL, but that seems shady at best and antitrust at worst to me.

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