Simon & Schuster Implements Agency Model In UK

Simon & Schuster has implemented the agency pricing model on its eBooks from retailers in the UK. This includes Amazon.co.uk, Apple, Waterstone’s and WH Smith.

The Bookseller reports: “The publisher joins Hachette, HarperCollins and Penguin in controlling its digital pricing. Only Macmillan and Canongate are left among the publishers who signed up to agency terms but have yet to set their prices. The publisher appears to be setting frontlist e-books at £11.49 with Dannii Minogue’s My Story, Bill Tarmey’s Jack Duckworth & Me and Philippa Gregory’s The Red Queen all on sale at the price. However, some price discrepancies continue to appear, with the above S&S titles on sale for £11.99 on whsmith.co.uk.”

When Amazon first launched the Kindle store in the UK earlier this summer, they said they would not allow publishers to adopt an agency pricing model. But like in the U.S., publishers fought back and have won over their right to set prices.

Via Jose Afonso Furtado.