What do you think of the pricing war between Amazon and Walmart? How might that affect the LDS market?
As a consumer who buys LOTS of books as Christmas gifts, I love it! Comparing several popular national titles, Wal-mart seems to have the better prices, sometimes only by 1¢, sometimes by several dollars.
For LDS (and more obscure/niche national titles), it’s a moot point because Wal-Mart doesn’t carry them at all, and not all LDS publishers get their titles up on Amazon (and I ask them, Why not? Really?! You like shooting yourself in the foot like that?).
As someone who has a vested interest in books and publishing in general, it sort of bothers me. I’m concerned about it, but I’m still inclined to the same conclusions I came to back in October. Short-term, good. Middle-term, painful. Long-term, we’ll see.