Five out of the six major publishers (see list below) recently declared that they are
moving to an Agency pricing model, which effectively cuts the discount rate
to retailers and distributors and severely limits our ability to offer
discounts, coupons and customer reward programs for any titles they publish.
For eBook customers, this means higher prices in general… or at least
fewer NYT bestsellers selling for $9.99 (which was always a loss-leader for
those retailers who offered new books at that price, the eBookPie eBook
The main catalyst for this change was two-fold – publishers’ collective
frustration with Amazon’s bullying tactics regarding prices and discounts,
and Apple’s entry into the ebook market that corresponds with their release
of the iPad. To jumpstart their own publisher signups Apple offered the
Agency Model to these publishers, and they have subsequently declared that
Amazon and all other distributors and retailers do the same.
What does this mean for eBookPie customers?
Unavailable Titles: Because this change was so sudden, our digital content distributor was caught off-guard and has not yet made the necessary adjustments to accommodate this transition. As a result, most ebook retailers, including eBookPie, will be temporarily unable to offer titles from these publishers as of April 1, 2010. No, unfortunately this is not an April Fool’s prank. Please be sure to read the important notice below.
How Long?: Our distributor is working viligantly with these publishers to accommodate the Agency Model, and our hope is we will be able to make these titles available to you again in the very near future.
Thousands of Titles Still Available: Until then, eBookPie will still have many thousands of ebooks available from some of your favorite authors and publishers, including Random House (the one “major” publisher who has so far resisted this change).
Promotions: With our new promotions capability, we will continue to offer specials on many of the titles available on our site. Sign up for our newsletter, join our Facebook page, or follow us on Twitter to get the latest and greatest discounts and promotions.
IMPORTANT: eBookPie customers who have previously purchased titles by these
publishers but have not yet downloaded them from their eBookPie account need
to do so by midnight tonight, March 31. (Of course this is a last-minute
notice, so if you do not receive this in time, let us know and we’ll help
Here is a list of the publishers now operating under the Agency Model (and a link to the page showing their imprints).