Friday, 23 May 2014

Authors complain of getting screwed over in Amazon's fight with publisher Hachette

The spat between Amazon and book publisher Hachette is starting to get ugly, leaving both authors and consumers to deal with the repercussions. The online retailer has been castigated in recent weeks for employing questionable tactics and irresponsibly wielding its tremendous influence as it looks to strike a new ebooks deal with Hachette. Many books from the publisher are experiencing long shipping delays — often between two and three weeks — even when Hachette insists that it's fulfilling Amazon's every order in a timely manner. And as The New York Times notes, the pre-order button has disappeared for some upcoming Hachette titles including J.K. Rowling’s latest novel.
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