Flash! Penguin books “back back” in the store…under Agency Model

Flash! Penguin books “back back” in the store…under Agency Model

Well, I was worried about that, but it’s not a big surprise.

I feel like we’ve been playing Penguin Pong: the books were out, they were back, they were out, now they are back.

This time, though, they do have that

“This price was set by the publisher.”

statement.

Penguin has a lot of imprints, but the ones that are The Penguin Press or Penguin are priced quite high:

 $   19.99
 $    6.99
 $    9.99
 $    9.99
 $   12.99
 $   11.99
 $    9.99
 $    9.99
 $   12.99
 $   14.99
 $   12.99
 $    9.99
 
Average
 $   11.91

Now, that may be a higher priced subset.

I checked Jove as well, which I would anticipate being lower priced.  From my days as a bookstore manager, I think of them as low-priced genre paperbacks:

 $    6.99
 $    6.99
 $    4.99
 $    4.99
 $    4.99
 $    4.99
 $    2.99
 $    4.99
 $    4.99
 $    6.99
 
Average
 $    5.39

The average of both sets of prices above?  $8.94.

I did go back and check Penguin e-books published before April 1st 2010 (Agency Day), and it was inconsistent, but at least some of them have the  Agency Model pricing disclaimer.  I think they all will eventually.

So, all of the “Apple 5″ are now under the Agency Model at Amazon.  Of the Big Six US trade publishers, that leaves Random House that is not using the Agency Model…and is not in the iBooks store.

That’s an interesting choice for them, of course.  I don’t think that many people are buying books from the iBooks store yet…but I could be wrong on that.  I think people are mostly getting books for their iPads from the Kindle store, and that they will start getting them from Barnes & Noble now that they’ve released an app.

So, Random House books are not unavailable on the iPad…and they aren’t under the Apple agreement.

We’ll find out how well that works partially when the Agency Model agreement at Apple is first up for re-contracting…which I’ve heard is only a year.

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.

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2 Responses to “Flash! Penguin books “back back” in the store…under Agency Model”

  1. Richard Askenase Says:

    You should check out Penguin’s Kindle releases of Ayn rand’s “The Fountainhead” and “Atlas Shrugged” at $27.99, when ht MMPB is $9.99. (I think this requires a separate post.) I love it becauseit so clearlt shows Penguin’s hand- doiwn with ebooks and up with greed!!

    • bufocalvin Says:

      Thanks, Richard!

      Yes, I had seen that one…you are right that it may deserve a separate post. :) Those are two different editions, but that’s still a lot to ask for an e-book!

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