A number of big-name publishers are now asking consumers to pay a little extra for their ebooks.
But not all publishers are going as far as Amazon.
And there are some publishers who have gone as far to raise prices.
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Amazon will soon introduce a new price-fixing policy in which customers can get a 30% discount on a new ebook that they order, while others are asking customers to pay more for older ebooks as well.
The policy was first reported by The New York Times, which reported that Amazon’s senior vice president of public policy, Mike Schulman, told investors in a presentation last week that it’s designed to “protect consumers.”
Schulman did not give any specific details about how the policy will work, and he didn’t respond to a request for comment.
The policy was not immediately clear whether it would affect ebook prices.
But Amazon’s current policy has drawn criticism, particularly from publishers.
The Journal reported that some publishers are considering raising prices on older e-books to compete with Amazon.
For example, in addition to selling e-book versions of books like The Last Days of Jack Kerouac and The Stranger, some publishers have been offering digital versions of those books that have been released earlier this year.
Amazon declined to comment on the Wall Street Times report.
In a blog post last week, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said he expects publishers to continue to raise their prices as part of the new policy.
But Bezos also said that the new pricing policy is intended to be used by retailers to increase the value of books.
“This is intended for retailers,” he wrote.
“This is not a policy for retailers.
It is a policy that applies to publishers and authors.”
Amazon recently unveiled its new ebook pricing policy, which has been widely criticized as not being in the best interests of consumers.