Barnes & Noble won’t sell Amazon books in stores, says rival undermines industry

The rivalry between Barnes & Noble and Amazon.com escalated sharply this afternoon as B&N lashed out against Amazon’s push for exclusive digital book deals with publishers and authors — saying that the practice undermines the industry — and said that its physical retail stores won’t stock books published by Amazon.com’s fledgling publishing division.

Barnes & Noble’s decision cuts off a large physical distribution channel for the Seattle-based retailer, amounting to a show of force by B&N in response to Amazon’s power in the e-book market.

Here’s the full statement by Jaime Carey, Barnes & Nobles’s chief merchandising author.

“Barnes & Noble has made a decision not to stock Amazon published titles in our store showrooms. Our decision is based on Amazon’s continued push for exclusivity with publishers, agents and the authors they represent. These exclusives have prohibited us from offering certain eBooks to our customers. Their actions have undermined the industry as a whole and have prevented millions of customers from having access to content. 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. We don’t get many requests for Amazon titles, but If customers wish to buy Amazon titles from us, we will make them available only online at bn.com.”

Bloomberg Businessweek reporter Brad Stone, author of the magazine’s cover story on Amazon Publishing, first posted the Barnes & Nobel statement on Google+ today. A Barnes & Noble spokeswoman confirmed and separately provided the statement to GeekWire.

The release of the statement coincides with Amazon’s earnings release this afternoon. We’ve asked Amazon for comment and will update this post if the company provides one.

  • Guest

    Congratulations to Barnes & Noble for staying true to its principles even if it means curtailing its selection of books! This should also drive more customers to B&N’s web site, which loses more money than B&N’s stores collectively make.

  • Guest

    Congratulations to Barnes & Noble for staying true to its principles even if it means curtailing its selection of books! This should also drive more customers to B&N’s web site, which loses more money than B&N’s stores collectively make.

  • http://twitter.com/GlennF Glenn Fleishman

    As far as I know, Amazon isn’t offering wholesale pricing for its books, so no bookseller would sensibly sell them.

    Doesn’t B&N have its own successful and profitable line of print books sold only in its stores?

    • Guest

      Sterling Publishing. It’s so successful and profitable, B&N announced earlier this month that it’s selling Sterling to the highest bidder.