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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  1. identicon
    BTR1701, 29 Mar 2008 @ 6:16am

    Sue

    > Any bets on how long it takes for another print-on-demand firm
    > to sue over this decision?

    I'm sure you're right that someone will sue over it. That's seems to be how the world works these days. But I have hard time understanding what possible basis such a suit would have in law.

    Amazon is perfectly free to sell only the books printed from their own service. There's no law that requires them to stock their competitor's products.

    It's no different than movie theaters barring their patrons from bringing food and drink in from outside establishments so that they will have to patronize the theater's snack bar if they want to eat.

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