Price is a very sensitive issue, and this has caused Amazon.com to actually withdraw not hundreds, but thousands of e-books from their virtual store shelves after getting into a pricing row with publishers. According to the Independent Publishers Group, the second largest independent book distributor in the US, “Amazon has decided not to offer our Kindle editions at this time. Our other electronic formats are available from booksellers nationwide.” This means that Amazon.com is poorer by over 4,000 Kindle e-books – where among the more notable titles include IPG bestsellers Pamela Des Barres’ groupie memoir I’m with the Band, child discipline title 1-2-3 Magic by Thomas Phelan and murder mystery Snow Blind by Lori Armstrong.
Basically, the crux of the matter is this – Amazon.com is apparently asking more profit margin for selling these e-books, and publishers are adamant that they cannot be squeezed any more as it would make the publishers unprofitable – or at least, suffer with just very little profit. Hopefully this tiff will be sorted out – sooner rather than later.