October 9, 2011: Barnes & Noble to Pull DC Graphic Novels in Protest

DC Comics Barnes & Noble announced on Friday that they would be pulling graphic novels published by DC Comics from their shelves in protest against a deal done with competitor Amazon.com.

    DC agreed to give Amazon exclusive digital distribution rights for the books, which include "Watchmen" and graphic novels featuring Batman and Superman, for four months starting with the launch of the Kindle Fire on Nov. 15.

    The deal gives DC's books, which are being made available digitally for the first time, the advantage of being part of Amazon's huge marketing push for the Kindle Fire.

    Barnes & Noble said it had a policy to not put books that are available on other digital platforms, but not its Nook e-reader, in its 1,341 stores.

    "We will not stock physical books in our stores if we are not offered the available digital format," chief merchant Jaime Carey said in a statement. "To sell and promote the physical book in our store showrooms and not have the ebook available for sale would undermine our promise to Barnes & Noble customers to make available any book, anywhere, anytime."

Read the complete report at the LA Times website.



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