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Barnes & Noble pulls DC titles following Amazon deal

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Barnes & Noble has announced its decision to pull 100 best-selling graphic novels from its shelves in light of DC Comics' recent exclusivity deal with Amazon's Kindle Fire.

According to Publishers Weekly, the largest books retailer in the US will remove the titles from its stores because they will be unable to offer the titles digitally.

"Our policy is that unless we receive all formats of a title to make available to our customers, we will not sell those physical titles in our stores," Barnes & Noble spokesperson Mary Ellen Keating said.

The decision follows DC Comics' announcement earlier this week that they have agreed to exclusively offer their best-selling titles on Amazon's new full-colour tablet for four months from November 15.

"Regardless of the publisher, we will not stock physical books in our stores if we are not offered the available digital format," chief merchant Jaime Carey added. "To sell and promote the physical book in our store showrooms and not have the eBook available for sale would undermine our promise to Barnes & Noble customers to make available any book, anywhere, anytime."

The LA Times quotes an unnamed spokesperson for DC Comics as saying the publisher is 'disappointed' the retailer has made the decision, but they will not change their deal with Amazon.

Among the many titles to be removed from Barnes & Noble stores over the coming months include Watchmen, The Sandman and The Dark Knight Returns.

> DC Comics exec: 'Kindle Fire is great for graphic novels'

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