Amazon Pressing U.K. Publishers on Range of Issues

After disclosures over the weekend that the hurdles in the Amazon-Hachette dispute center on charges for such things as pre-order buttons, personalized recommendations and the cost of having a person at Amazon dedicated to Hachette, the Bookseller reported that someU.K. publishers “have raised concerns” about an array of demands Amazon is making in contract negotiations, including new arrangements involving print on demand.

Besides wanting better discounts, the Amazon U.K. contracts include a provision that if a book is out of stock, “Amazon would be entitled to supply its own copies to customers via its print-on-demand facilities… with extra terms benefits.” Publishers worry that the clause would “allow Amazon to effectively take over their stock-control.”

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