Barnes & Noble yanks Amazon-published books from stores – again

In the face of reports of an Amazon title found in Barnes & Noble stores, the bookseller has again stated that it will not be stocking books published by Amazon.

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Barnes & Noble reportedly e-mailed its stores telling them to stop stocking Amazon titles such as 'My Mother Was Nuts' by Penny Marshall.

Barnes & Noble reiterated its policy of not carrying titles published by Amazon after a Melville House editor spotted books released by the book giant in B&N stores.

Kelly Burdick, the executive editor for independent publisher Melville House, penned a column Oct. 2 saying that despite Barnes & Noble’s well-known policy of not carrying titles published by Amazon, he had seen Amazon-released book “My Mother Was Nuts” by Penny Marshall at a New York Barnes & Noble location. When he did a “Find in store” search for Marshall’s book on the company’s website, he said the website indicated that the book could be found at Barnes & Noble locations in Seattle, San Francisco, Boston, and Washington, D.C., among others.

“In any case, it’s not much of a boycott,” Burdick wrote. “A real boycott would mean not stocking Amazon’s books. Guess that’s harder than it looks.”

In the wake of Burdick’s column, Barnes & Noble stated, “Our policy has not changed. We are not carrying Amazon titles.” The company reportedly e-mailed its stores instructions to take the Amazon books off the shelves, according to the Melville House column.

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