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Target Corp. said yesterday that it is joining the battle over book prices in which Walmart and Amazon are engaging, cutting its price on so-called “highly anticipated books” to $8.99.

Last week, lowered the price on 10 soon-to-be-published books expected to be best-sellers - by authors such as Stephen King and Dean Koontz, and politicos such as Sarah Palin - to $10. matched the price within hours. And then lowered its prices on the books to $9.

Amazon matched the $9 price, prompting Walmart to go down to $8.99.
KC's View:
It is ironic that just a few years ago there were a number of folks who worried about America’s growing illiteracy, and now the big price battle is being fought over books.