This is interesting. The web booksite Amazon.com has pulled all Macmillan books from its site because of a disagreement over pricing of e-books. Macmillan had been pressuring Amazon to raise the price of e-books sold to the public thru Amazon's Kindle to $15 a piece. This has many writers of science fiction concerned, because Tor, owned by Macmillan Publishing, publishes a lot of science fiction writers. This is why both Cory Doctorow and John Scalzi, science fiction writers, have commented on this. Wouldn't you?
(Now, it should be noted that when I say Amazon has pulled Macmillan books, the big caveat is that they have stopped selling Macmillan books, but you can still buy Macmillan books from other sellers listed on Amazon. Go look at the link to Cory Doctorow's post. He has a screen shot showing this.)
All of this stems from Macmillan's new deal with Apple & its' iBook store. Macmillan asked Amazon to agree to a similar new deal, & told them that if they stuck with the older deal, e-books would be released to them after a seven month delay. Pulling Macmillan's books was Amazons response.
My reaction to this is varied. I am entertained by the spectacle of two lights in the book industry brawling like drunken sailors, but I'm also thinks this shows free enterprise sucks.
I am also amused anyone would think of buying an iPod/Kindle/iPad etc for reading material. You don't have to worry that much about spilling/dropping a book in water (you can dry it out.) No batteries, either. I have no need or desire for anything replacing a book.
But then, that's just me.