Penguin/Putname/Pearson eBooks Returning to Kindle at Highest Agency Model Prices

As we mentioned here Wednesday, the agency model pricing impasse between Amazon and Penguin/Pearson has been settled, at least for now, and about 150 newer titles released since April 1 are now in the process of being offered in the Kindle Store, including a number of bestsellers that have been sorely missed by many citizens of Kindle Nation:

Fair warning: the publisher has set the prices for these books and has not been shy about hitting the agency model’s $14.99 upper limit in many cases. Also, some titles may disappear intermittently during this transitional phase.

The following is a listing of Penguin/Pearson imprints in the US:

* Ace    
* Alpha    
* Avery    
* Berkley    
* Dutton    
* Gotham    
* G. P. Putnam’s Sons    
* HP Books    
* Hudson Street Press    
* Jeremy P. Tarcher    
* Jove    
* NAL    
* Penguin    
* Penguin Press    
* Perigee    
* Plume    
* Portfolio    
* Prentice Hall Press    
* Riverhead    
* Sentinel    
* Viking  Children’s Division     
* Dial    
* Dutton    
* Firebird   
* Frederick Warne    
* G. P. Putnam’s Sons    
* Grosset & Dunlap    
* Philomel    
* Price Stern Sloan    
* Puffin Books    
* Razorbill    
* Speak    
* Viking

4 Responses to Penguin/Putname/Pearson eBooks Returning to Kindle at Highest Agency Model Prices

  1. Yondalla on May 29, 2010 at 9:28 am

    I requested the book from my local library. I should have it in a few days.

  2. Yondalla on May 28, 2010 at 3:27 pm
  3. Plano Soprano on May 28, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    I have a lot of books on a Kindle watch list and have been buying steadily ever since I got my Kindle for Christmas 2009. I went through the list today and removed over 100 books because Penguin's prices are RIDICULOUS! A book that was 9.99 yesterday is 12.99 today (plus sales tax), and this is a reprint of a 25-year-old book (used copies $.40). Obviously, Penguin has learned nothing from the negative reactions of readers who got hit by the switchover in April.

    I'm not one to call for a boycott; I plan to just quietly conduct my own.

    The thing to do here is not to buy the higher-priced Kindle version or even the hardback. Wait a week, and there will be used copies available. For example, in April I decided not to buy the higher-priced Kindle version of the new Mary Higgins Clark. I bought a good used copy, read it, and immediately resold it. I made all my money back, and the publisher didn't get a cent. Unfortunately, neither did the author, but she has only the publisher to blame for that. One author on a Kindle list has already remarked that her agency-controlled titles are not selling at all, but she sells over 80 copies a month of the Kindle titles she controls herself.

  4. Yondalla on May 28, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    The book I have been waiting for, A Murderous Procession, just appeared on Kindle. It is priced at $17.99, more than the hardback! I'm hoping it is a typo, but in any case, I will wait for it to come down.

References to prices on this website refer to prices on the main website for US customers. Prices will vary for readers located outside the US, and prices for US customers may change at any time. Always check the price on Amazon before making a purchase.


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