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.
On the Kindle forum, Amazon said it wants to price most ebooks at $9.99, claiming lower prices will sell more books and return more money to authors. Many disagree.
In a survey, Codex Group reports 39% were aware of the Amazon/Hachette dispute — and 7.5% are buying less from Amazon. Are you?
In the WSJ, Amazon’s Russ Grandinetti ‘defended the company against criticism that it is using its growing clout in electronic books to bully a major publisher.’
A publishing dinner party in Berlin went glum as six independent publishers learned they would suddenly have a new distributor, a result of Hachette’s acquisition of Perseus.
The Bookseller reports that Amazon is making new demands on UK publishers, including the right to deliver POD titles to customers should a book be out of stock.
Who would you have on a book business World Cup dream team? Who would you place up front? On the bench? As manager We humbly submit our own selections.
Citing the Amazon-Hachette dispute, Cory Doctorow addressed the Writing in the Digital Age conference with an impassioned called to fight ebook DRM.
Amazon is responsible for 78% for Hachette ebook sales in the UK, and 60% in the United States — which makes the company especially vulnerable.
In its ongoing contractual battle with Hachette, Amazon stopped selling certain Hachette books on Friday.