Maine Publisher Sues Amazon Over POD Policy
BookLocker.com, a print-on-demand publisher located in Bangor, Maine, is suing Amazon.com over its decision to use one on-demand printer—its BookSurge subsidiary—exclusively for transactions sold and shipped from Amazon, the Associated Press reported earlier this week. The lawsuit, which seeks class-action status, seeks an injunction preventing Amazon from implementing its new policy, as well as monetary damages and legal fees, according to the report.
A majority of BookLocker.com’s sales are through Amazon. The company stands to lose out on those sales if Amazon follows through with its threat to stop selling BookLocker’s books because it uses a competing on-demand printer, said BookLocker’s lawyer.
“It’s not fair. It’s wrong. It’s oppressive,” said BookLocker owner Angela Hoy to the Associated Press. She also described a phone call in which an Amazon representative warned her to abide by the new on-demand policy—or else. “My personal feeling was that they were blackmailing me,” she said.
Amazon spokeswoman Patty Smith said the company does not comment on active litigation.