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Looking for a Simon & Schuster title? Barnes & Noble might not be your best bet

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(Read caption) Author Jodi Picoult's literary agent said sales of Picoult's book 'The Storytellers' had been negatively affected by the debate between Barnes & Noble and Picoult's publisher, with B&N choosing to order fewer copies than expected.

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Book retailer Barnes & Noble has reportedly reduced the amount of titles it stocks by Simon & Schuster authors and lowered the number of S&S books on display as it continues to be embroiled in a debate with the publisher.

Neither the chain nor Simon & Schuster would specify exactly what is being negotiated, but sources cited as “familiar with the disagreement” by The New York Times told the newspaper that Barnes & Noble wanted more funds for displaying S&S titles in coveted spots in the store and to pay lower costs for the books themselves. The bookstore chain also wants more money for events promoting Simon & Schuster titles, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Also on the table, according to the Journal, is the question of who will cover the costs of e-book discounting, a point now back in contention since Simon & Schuster and other publishers settled their price-fixing case with the Department of Justice.

A Wall Street Journal walk-through conducted in one of the book retailer’s locations found that while high-profile Simon & Schuster titles like “The Soundtrack of My Life” by Clive Davis were available, works like a S&S paperback version of “The Book of Lost Fragrances” by M.J. Rose were out of stock and a store search showed that “Fragrances” was also unavailable at three other Manhattan Barnes & Noble stores.

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