Barnes & Noble Bans Amazon's Books

Amazon Kindle Fire - P 2011

Amazon Kindle Fire - P 2011

The company says the online retailer "undermined the industry" with its exclusive deals with authors like Penny Marshall and James Franco.

The rivalry between Barnes & Noble and Amazon heated up again today as the bricks-and-mortar chain announced it would not carry the print versions of Amazon's in-house publishing line.

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"Barnes & Noble has made a decision not to stock Amazon published titles in our store showrooms," read the statement from Jaime Carey, the Chief Merchandising Officer at Barnes & Noble. "Our decision is based on Amazon's continued push for exclusivity with publishers, agents and the authors they represent” that has “prohibited us from offering certain eBooks to our customers.” Carey said Amazon’s actions “undermined the industry” and has “prevented millions of customers” reading some books. "It’s clear to us that Amazon has proven they would not be a good publishing partner to Barnes & Noble as they continue to pull content off the market for their own self-interest.”

Amazon has made a major move into publishing recently, hiring industry veteran Larry Kirshbaum in May 2011 to run Amazon Publishing. The publishing division is expanding into mysteries, romance and other genres. It has also signed deals with several high profile authors, including Laverne & Shirley star Penny Marshall for her memoir and a book by James Franco. Amazon struck a deal with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt to offer print versions of its books. Barnes & Noble is upset that Amazon will not allow it to carry ebook versions of Amazon's titles for its Nook ereader, which uses a different file format than the Kindle. In retaliation, Barnes & Noble announced issued a statement saying it would not carry the physical books in its story.

This is not the first time Barnes & Noble has banned physical books because their electronic versions were only available on the Kindle. In October, the company stopped stocking DC Comics' graphic novels, including such classic titles as Batman: The Dark Knight Returns and Watchmen, after the company signed an agreement to appear only on the new Kindle Fire color tablet, but the company soon reversed its policy and put the graphic novels back on store shelves.