Earlier this week, Amazon’s patent application to enhance e-books was approved while Apple conceded that Amazon could use the term “app store” to identify the virtual location where they sell their products. And today, it was announced that Amazon has signed Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin as well as self-publishing phenom Hugh Howey as authors for a new graphic novel/comic book imprint called Jet City Comics. Also today, a judge ruled Apple conspired with publishers to try to force Amazon to price books at an advantage to publishers.
By contrast, Barnes and Noble CEO William Lynch has resigned amidst poor earnings even as rumors swirl that the company is interested in splitting its 675 stores from its Nook division and selling both off. With Amazon’s mounting wins, it seems publishers and bookstores will have to figure out how to work with the online giant once and for all.