Don’t they realize what that will do to their business? For one, they’ll be in violation of anti-Trust and Monopoly laws, and they’ll also be p*ssing off a TON of customers. Authors are readers too, mind. And if we can’t get our work listed because someone with their head stuffed in a sunless spot tells us “assimilate or die,” (especially when the contract terms are sucky) well, honestly, I’ll be taking my business elsewhere. And I don’t think I’m too off the mark when I say others will do the same.
I think the thing that disturbs me most is that they’ve even had the audacity to threaten the New York houses with this ultimatum.
Someone’s too big for their britches, methinks. FTC for a smackdown, anyone?