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Amazon behaving badly

Something’s gotta give, people! As usual, authors are the ones getting screwed.

Cinthia Ritchie

I’m sure most of you have heard about the tiff between Hachette Book Group and Amazon.

It’sa contract dispute, and according to an article in theWashington Post titled Amazon said to play hardball in book contract talks with publishing house Hachette, Amazon isn’t exactly playing fair.

Amazon has allegedly held up shipment of selectHachette books, listing them out-of-stock and not filling orders in its usual timely manner (Hachette books can take 2-3 weeks to arrive).


“Hachette, which owns Little, Brown; Hyperion; and Grand Central, says that Amazon is deliberately slowing sales of Hachette’s books in an effort to pressure the French publisher into agreeing to new contract terms on book pricing. Hachette says there is no shortage of the books,” the Washington Post reported.

Amazon is supposedly putting the heat on authors in hopes that they’ll in turnput the heat on publishers to agree to Amazon’s terms, settle the…

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This entry was posted on May 18, 2014 by in Publishing.
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