Tuesday, February 28, 2012

EDC just says no

We'd like to thank - and admire - the folks over at Educational Development Corporation for their support of IPG in pulling their entire catalog from Amazon:

Educational Development Corporation, publisher of Usborne and Kane Miller books in the U.S., has announced that, effective immediately, the company will no longer sell any of its books on Amazon or to any entities that resell to Amazon. This follows a 2009 decision to stop selling the Kane Miller list via Amazon and now, by adding the Usborne line, it will include a full list of more than 1,500 titles. Total online revenue amounts to about 13% of EDC's annual sales.

According to EDC president Randall White, the decision comes in response to moves by Amazon to "gain control of publishing and other industries by making it impossible for other retailers to compete effectively," and he cited last week's decision by Amazon to stop selling e-books from IPG after the distributor refused to up its sales discount as the impetus for his decision to leave Amazon.

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