Originally Posted by Shaun, UK
I understand your point but what I was saying is that the UK rights to sell certain books as eBooks has already been granted to several UK eBook distributors.
Are you suggesting that each retailer/distributor has to negotiate their own eBook rights in the UK?
I'm not in the book business but surely if the book rights owner has granted rights to Waterstones or WH Smith to sell their book as an eBook in the UK then the same selling rights will be available to Amazon UK? It has nothing to do with Sony - they just make the hardware.
Maybe I didn't understand that relationship. I don't know, there may be a quick way in if Amazon makes an arrangement to sell books through those services. I thought eReader books could only be bought using a Sony branded channel.
The current Amazon model is that Amazon controls the book selling, because that's where they're trying to make their money. I don't think they will let just anyone sell Kindle format books. I'm pretty sure that Amazon would have to sell through those distributors. If they don't sell through those distributors and they want to sell on their own (and those distributors get a cut of each sale), then they need to negotiate those rights directly with the publishers.