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Price Wars

Which One's Cheaper?

The Huffington Post | Khadeeja Safdar | Posted 08.24.2012 | Money

Target is now cheaper than Walmart. According to study conducted by Bloomberg, Target's prices were cheaper than Walmart's by 0.46 percentage point...

Borders Australia Steps Up Competition With Amazon, Offers All Books For Less Than Bookselling Giant | Neerav Bhatt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Dave Fenlon CEO of Borders Australia parent company REDgroup retail said Borders would offer a price guarantee that printed books would always be "che...

Why Amazon May Win The eBook Wars | Om Malik | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Barnes & Noble started the week off by cutting prices on its Nook e-book reader to $199 from $259, while also introducing a new, $149 Wi-Fi model. Not...

eReader Price War Looming? Sony Drops Price On Its Reader

Wall Street Journal | Geoffrey A. Fowler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Sony says it is cutting the price on its entry-level e-book reader, dubbed the Pocket Reader, to $169 -- perhaps the first in a coming price war for t...

Apple eBook Prices May Be Lower Than Expected

The New York Times | MOTOKO RICH | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

[A]ccording to at least three people with knowledge of the discussions, who spoke anonymously because of the confidentiality of the talks, Apple inser...

Lulu Takes On Amazon In eBooks

News & Observer | ALAN M. WOLF | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

The Raleigh-based online book publisher is now selling electronic books by traditional authors, expanding beyond its lineup of self-published titles f...

Indie Bookstores Reject Bestseller Price Wars

The Cleveland Plain Dealer | Janet Cho | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Independent booksellers say they have no intention of joining the fight among the bigger chain stores over the $9 prices of 10 highly anticipated best...

Sam's Club Launches Book Club | Jason Boog | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

As smaller bookstores struggle through the recession, one major retailer has launched a book club--highlighting a single title in cavernous stores aro...

Predators in the Book Biz

Bruce Harris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Bruce Harris

The pre-printed price, establishing the value of a book, is the temptress that has seduced the biggest merchants in the country to go for each other's jugular.

Amazon Wal-Mart Price War: Who's The Battle Really Against?

The New Yorker | James Surowiecki | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Amazon and Wal-Mart hardly seem reckless, though. So why did they go to war? The answer is that they didn't, really. Sure, Wal-Mart is making a statem...

Stephen King's New E-Book To Cost $35

AP | HILLEL ITALIE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

NEW YORK — The latest weapon in the publishing price wars: Stephen King. Scribner announced Wednesday that the digital edition of King's "Under...

Borders, Barnes & Noble Experience Major Losses

Huffington Post | Jessie Kunhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Things aren't looking good for big booksellers Borders and Barnes & Noble. The AP reports that both chains have posted major losses for this quarter, ...

Gregory Maguire's New Novel Is Free

Entertainment Weekly | Thom Geier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

The Next Queen of Heaven, a new novel by Wicked author Gregory Maguire, is available starting today for the low, low price of $0.00. That's not a typo...

Not a Simple Price War -- It's a Fight Over What You Get to Read

William Petrocelli | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
William Petrocelli

What looks like a simple price war between Amazon, Target, and Walmart over a handful of bestsellers is symptomatic of a much deeper problem in the book business.