Walmart this week joined Target in no longer selling Kindles, the staple of Amazon's ebook empire.
The business decision has little to do with ebooks, and a lot to do with Amazon's online Marketplace.
Amazon's Marketplace offers an array of merchandise ranging from electronics, to clothes, to kitchen appliances. Walmart and Target view Amazon's Marketplace as challenges to their brick-and-mortar stores as well as their online sales.
So Walmart and Target have taken the business offensive and banned Kindles from their stores and websites. Walmart, Target and other brick-and-mortar retailers are also pushing for federal legislation requiring internet sellers (read that Amazon) to collect state sales tax.
This business squabble follows the recent settlement of the ebook anti-trust litigation. It is something writers who market their books in ebook format (and that's everyone who writes, isn't it) should keep an eye on.
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