Take the Agency Ebook Pledge

I was thinking this morning about Hachette introducing Agency pricing in the UK, and I’ve decided it’s time that I wrote down what I’ve been doing with Agency ebooks. Here is the Agency Ebook Pledge:

So long as some publishers chose to artificially raise the price of ebooks, and artificially reduce price competition (aka “the agency model”), I vow to:

  1. Never buy an Agency priced ebook.
  2. Never buy a new paper book from an Agency publisher if a used copy is available.
  3. Never buy a paper book from an Agency publisher if I can check it out of the library.

It’s not a terribly complicated pledge, so it should be easy to follow. If you want to copy and share the pledge, please feel free.

Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.


  1. Mike Cane21 September, 2010

    Well, I won’t buy paper, period, so I’m already halfway there. And I do notice on Amazon when it says “The price was set by the publisher.” I won’t buy any of those until there’s price competition again.

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  3. igorsk21 September, 2010

    The last two items still support the publisher, if indirectly. Demand for used books makes it more likely someone will buy a new book and resell it after reading. Demand for library books means that library is more likely to buy more books.

  4. fjtorres21 September, 2010

    My position is simpler.
    I buy nothing from the Price Fix Five. No e- no p-. Not new, not used.
    6 months and counting.

  5. Bernadette in Australia22 September, 2010

    As I am a new e-reader (only got my first device a week ago and it isn’t a Kindle) how do I know what is an agency priced ebook? I’ve done a smattering of shopping via a few different ebook stores such as Waterstones, Book Depository etc but I would have no clue if they were agency priced or not.

    1. Nate the great22 September, 2010

      At this point, the only market with Agency priced ebooks is the USA. If you buy from Amazon, avoid the ebooks that say “Price was set by manufacturer”.

      But if you want to buy ebooks from another US ebookstore, the publishers to avoid are: Macmillan, Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins, Penguin, and Hachette. That doesn’t help you much, though, because each of those 5 publish under quite a few different labels.

  6. Bernadette in Australia22 September, 2010

    Thanks for that. I’ve done all my buying from UK stores (‘cos they let me) but I’ll be wary of those publishers anyway.

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  8. Jen12 May, 2011

    I am taking the pledge. I also suggest that all authors start publishing their own books. Give “Big 5” a run for their money. With the technology being so advanced it’s not hard to publish yourself and make oooooodles without paying a % to publishers. What would the publisher’s do without authors let alone readers?


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