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June 02, 2004

Amazon vs. Diogenes

A veritable book war is erupting between and the Swiss publisher Diogenes. With its dominance on the German book market, Amazon is forcing publishers to sell them titles at a discount of up to 50 per cent. Diogenes, a well-established publishing house that publishes German translations of, among others, Donna Leon, Paolo Coelho and Patricia Highsmith, now called it quits and refused to grant further discounts. In response, Amazon removed all their books from its catalogue. Full story (in German) here. [Source: FAZ, via ORF]

Posted by Horst on June 2, 2004 06:52 AM to books & bookkeeping | Tell-a-friend

dieter said on June 2, 2004 10:39 AM:

I am very critical of the position of German speaking publishers who follow a policy of minimizing competition at the expense of readers who pay rather a lot for their books. On the other side, the behavior of Amazon shows once again that any form of monopoly is extremely dangerous.

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