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Publishing | Amazon has backed down in its standoff with Macmillan over the price of digital books. On Friday the Internet giant surprised everyone when it removed both electronic and traditional books from Macmillan after the publisher announced plans to raise the price of e-books from $9.99 to $14.99. Macmillan and other publishers have been engaged in a pricing dispute with Amazon, which insists that all e-books for the Kindle be priced at $9.99.
As Johanna Draper-Carlson notes, Amazon’s move on Friday affected Macmillan graphic-novel imprint First Second Books and publishing partners Seven Seas Entertainment and Hill & Wang. [Media Decoder, GalleyCat]
Awards | French cartoonist Baru won the Grand Prix at the 37th annual Angoulême International Comics Festival, held Jan. 28-31. Tom Spurgeon has the complete list of winners, as well as a good round-up of coverage. [The Comics Reporter]
Publishing | Retailer Brian Hibbs asserts that substantial shipping problems created by the move of Diamond’s Memphis, Tennessee, warehouse in February may have contributed to the 2-percent overall decline of comics in 2009: “More or less the entire month of February there weren’t reorders on any product shipping from Diamond. … Even once they ‘fixed’ that issue (which memory tells me stretched into early April on many titles), there were HORRIBLE cockups in fill rates, accuracy, damages, etc all through the summer and fall. It wasn’t really until 4th quarter that things went ANYwhere close back to normal.”
Publishing | Twenty-one major Japanese publishers, including Kodansha, Shinchosha and Shueisha, are forming an electronic-book association in an effort to counter the expected launch of Amazon’s Japanese-language Kindle. The group plans to focus on creating a contract model for writers and e-book stores, contract negotiations and legislation. [The Mainichi Daily News]