Waterstone's takes HarperCollins e-books on agency

Waterstone's takes HarperCollins e-books on agency

<p>Waterstone&#39;s has begun selling HarperCollins&#39; e-books on agency terms while it continues discussions with Penguin and Hachette, over the sale on their e-books on the new terms.</p><p>The retailer had continued to sell a selection of HarperCollins e-books on its site after the publisher implemented agency pricing yesterday. However, a spokesperson said today that it had now agreed agency terms with HarperCollins for all its e-books, becoming the first retailer outside of Amazon.co.uk and Apple to sell e-books through agency.</p><p>A spokesperson admitted there could be some pricing anomalies or that some titles may be unavailable temporarily. Chris Evans&#39; <em>Memoir of a Fruitcake</em> was one of HarperCollins&#39; titles not available as an e-book. However, the spokesperson said any issues should be resolved soon. She said it was &quot;an ongoing process&quot;.</p><p>She said because agency terms precluded any discounting or offers from the retailer, with loyalty card points now removed from HarperCollins&#39; digital titles.</p><p>Meanwhile, Hachette has said that &quot;in general&quot; it will price e-books below the print counterpart. This morning <em>The Bookseller</em> reported Stephen King&#39;s Just After Sunset was priced &pound;17.99 as a Kindle edition, compared to &pound;4.99 in paperback. The Kindle price has now changed to &pound;4.49.</p><p>A spokesperson said: &quot;The ebook price for Stephen King&#39;s <em>Just</em> <em>After Sunset </em>quoted on Amazon earlier was as a result of technical error that has been corrected. We are providing mechanical data for many thousands of ebooks and, regrettably, the odd error creeps in.&quot; She added: &quot;In general our ebooks are priced below the prevailing edition in print.&nbsp; For example where the paperback is &pound;7.99, the ebook will be priced between &pound;4.49 and &pound;6.49 (including VAT) and where the hardback is priced at around &pound;20, the ebook price will be in the region of &pound;8.99.&quot;</p><p>The spokesperson added Hachette was looking to resolve any other pricing errors listed on the site.</p>