The LA Times on Amazon’s ongoing strong-arming of book and media companies, which now includes blocking pre-orders of Disney movies:
“They are squeezing studios on DVD pricing, understandable given their market position,” said Michael Pachter, an analyst at Wedbush Securities.
It screws movie fans and Disney, but it’s understandable.
Here’s the Verge’s Kwame Opam last month talking about Comixology:
However, ever since its recent acquisition by Amazon, the app has endured criticism for a new design that — as a consequence of Amazon’s understandable unwillingness to deal with Apple’s in-app purchases policy — effectively breaks what was originally an awesome storefront.
It screws comic book fans, but it’s understandable.
Of course we shouldn’t be naïve about Amazon acting in its own self interest, but I’m struck by how people all simply expect that Amazon, the middle man, is going to try to get more and more.