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 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 May 28, 2010 at 3:27 pm #

    FYI, Kindle 2.5 coming… later

  3. Plano Soprano 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 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.