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I saw this in the newspaper this morning. Amazon.com and DC Comics have come to an exclusive agreement for digital rights to DC Comics graphic novels. This has caused a ripple effect through other booksellers. Barnes & Nobles has pulled all DC Comics material from their shelves. Books A Million is going to do the same.
The issue is over the exclusive rights to graphic novels that will only be sold by Amazon.com. The other book sellers feel that they shouldn't be the preview grounds for people who want to see what a book looks like then will go buy the Kindle version.
I think as ebooks become more popular we will see more fights break out for survival in the market
The other book sellers feel that they shouldn't be the preview grounds for people who want to see what a book looks like then will go buy the Kindle version.
I think people do this anyway. Any book store can be fun for browsing, and then people just buy their ebooks someplace else.
On some of the other forums, I've seen people who buy the comics say they don't buy many at B&N anyway, and get them from the comic stores. Or order them on-line.
I'm not sure this was a very good idea on B&N's part. You take something someone may actually buy out of your store, and then people will just learn to buy them from someone else. When my sources for what I want run dry, I look for other sources, not something new to get interested in. When enough of what I'm looking for disapear, then I stop going to that store all together. I'd think it'd be better to sell something than nothing.
But, yeah, I think we'll see a lot more push-shove fights over ebooks in the future.