Amazon to Renegotiate eBook Prices with HarperCollins?

In yesterday’s News Corp earnings call, CEO Rupert Murdoch shot another arrow at Amazon in what appears to be a snowballing battle between the online retail giant and publishers. According to The Wall Street Journal, Murdoch said “We don’t like the Amazon model of selling everything at $9.99. They don’t pay us that. They pay us the full wholesale price of $14 or whatever we charge. We think it really devalues books and it hurts all the retailers of the hard cover books.”

He went on to comment on the iPad deal with Apple:

Apple in its agreement with us which has not been disclosed in detail does allow for a variety of slightly higher prices.

There will be prices very much less than the printed copies of books but still will not be fixed in a way that Amazon has been doing it. It appears that Amazon is now ready to sit down with us again and renegotiate pricing.

Is this an indication that we’re likely to see the other big houses essentially strongarming Amazon into renegotiating their eBook agreements?