The boycott of Amazon by refusing to stock their books on the shelves, now includes Barnes & Noble, Indigo, Books-A-Million, and IndieCommerce, the venue for the American Booksellers Association (ABA). To meet customers’ needs, the books continue to be offered for special order, but the companies will not be ordering any stock on hand, in stores or warehouses. I don’t know how much this will hurt Amazon, since the majority of their business is done online, but a publishing company that doesn’t have books on shelves is necessarily limited. Not every book-lover shops online, and it will definitely limit distribution in Canada, where Indigo and Books-A-Million have a strong presence.
I have never been a fan of Amazon’s policy of publishing their e-books only in their own format, as opposed to the industry standard of ePub. Now, their publishing house won’t allow their authors’ e-books to be sold by anyone but Amazon. The response of the other book-sellers is that they won’t be used as Amazon’s bricks-and-mortar, and prevented from selling the electronic versions.
I have included links to two more articles on the subject, and will be watching developments with interest. Even if this has no impact on Amazon at all, I’m still glad they’re doing it.