If Amazon believes in readers and Hachette believes in authors as much as they say, it’s imperative they end their fight as soon as possible, argues Tanja Tuma.
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Summer is a time when many people look to fiction for escape. Here are three selections from Publishing Perspectives’ Edward Nawotka. What are yours?
Austrian, Swiss and German authors have sent an open letter of protest to Amazon, protesting the use of ‘authors and their books as a bargaining chip to exact deeper discounts.’
Hachette was smart to take its dispute with Amazon public, turning it into a war of words and choosing the battlefield where they have the natural advantage.
Publishers simply cannot function without independent bookstores, notes Tom Roberge of New Directions as he reflects on the Amazon/Hachette battle
Lee Child suggested on UK TV that for book distribution his publisher could ‘hire Scarlett Johansson to go round and whisper it in your ear.’ What if?
In Bloomberg View Leonid Bershidsky suggests the ‘war’ between Amazon and publishers is ultimately pointless, since the future of reading lies elsewhere.
Roger Tagholm offers brief defense of that irksome phrase in Amazon’s Reader’s United letter, the part where they refer to ‘the famous author George Orwell.’
Amazon has responded to an open letter by Authors United, signed by 900-plus authors in support of Hachette, with their own open letter, Readers United.
In the film Out of Print, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos and author Scott Turow are often adversaries. But they at least come close to agreement on one point.