Amazon Publishing inks deal to sell ebooks through competitors

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A division of Amazon Publishing has signed a deal with a global book distributor that will allow competing retailers to sell Amazon ebooks, paidContent reported today. The deal is significant because Amazon’s relatively-new publishing unit had been jockeying to keep a monopoly on the ebook versions of its titles while attempting to sell physical copies in stores, creating tension with retailers like Barnes & Noble.

Amazon recently started loosening its grip, allowing some ebooks to be sold outside the Amazon Kindle Store. This new deal will officially make a broad selection of Amazon titles available to retailers, potentially including Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and Adobe Digital Editions. PaidContent notes that even Apple could potentially…

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