Amazon asks independent publishers like McFarland for huge discounts

McFarland, the well-regarded independent publisher who’s preparing the George R. Stewart biography for publication this summer, is under the Amazon gun.  Amazon is asking for a huge cut in the amount they pay McFarland for the book, which means that McFarland will be unable to use Amazon as a distributor.  This should not affect the publication of the biography but may hurt sales.

Here’s an article about the flap: