Exclusive E-Deal With Amazon Is Called Off
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, August 24, 2010, Filed at 3:20 p.m. ET


NEW YORK (AP) -- An exclusive e-book deal between Amazon.com and the agent for such classics as ''Invisible Man'' is no longer exclusive, and no longer a deal.

Random House Inc. and the Wylie Agency announced Tuesday that ''Invisible Man,'' ''Rabbit Is Rich'' and more than a dozen other works were being ''removed'' from a program brokered between Wylie and Amazon that offered them as e-books available only through the online retailer.

Instead, Random House, which had claimed electronic rights, will publish the books on a ''non-exclusive basis.'' The original deal had enraged publishers and rival booksellers and led to Random House suspending business with Wylie.