David Streitfeld wrote this story about Amazon’s dwindling book discounts, particularly for books released by small presses. I long assumed this was Amazon’s strategy: if they priced out the competition, they could charge margin-friendly pricing at a future date. Of course, I also wonder how long this can last: there will eventually be an alternative that attempts to undercut Amazon in the same way that Amazon has undercut others.

If you’re interested in the topic and Streitfeld’s story, you should read a follow-up piece he wrote for the New York Times Bits blog.