Time to add HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster to the list of publishers who've managed to strongarm Amazon into acceding to their supposedly industry-saving agency pricing model
. Under the new agreement, you might still see e-book versions of bestsellers priced at the familiar $9.99, but the majority will be jumping up to $12.99 and $14.99 price points, depending on the publisher's discretion. This is essentially the same deal that brought Macmillan books
back to Amazon.com, and the e-tailer is believed to also be in advanced negotiations with Hatchette Book Group
and Penguin Group to ensure that no book is left behind. This development was cryptically predicted
by Steve Jobs mere hours after the iPad's launch and then reiterated by Rupert Murdoch
with regard to HarperCollins, so we can't exactly act surprised now, but we can at least grimace a little at having to face a more expensive e-reading future.