Macmillan Books Back on Amazon: What Did Amazon Get Out of It?

Amazon's restored the entire book catalog for Macmillan, the first publisher to play hard ball with them—and have its entire catalog promptly pulled from the site.

The details of the deal aren't public, but the NYT specu-reports that Amazon probably "demanded that no other e-book vendors, such as Apple, get preferential access to new titles, or any kind of pricing advantages" and maybe asked for the ability of Kindle users to lend out ebooks, which would be awesome. Though Amazon's still the loser in this aboutface, ultimately. [Bits]



I found $9.99 ebooks dubious. At Apple's new price, it's a non-starter.