Amazon's Latest Proposal Rankles Hachette and Authors
Thursday, July 10, 2014
By Publishers Weekly --
The acrimony between Amazon and Hachette does not appear to waning. And the stalemate between the two companies, over sales terms, continues to play out in newspaper headlines.
On Tuesday, several news outlets reported that v-p of Kindle content at Amazon, David Naggar, sent a letter to various Hachette authors, literary agents and president of the Authors Guild, Roxana Robinson, proposing that the e-tailer and publisher forgo all revenue on e-books sold through Amazon and, instead, give them directly to the authors.
The letter from Naggar comes days after another letter, this one from bestselling author Douglas Preston (and signed by hundreds of other authors) asking Amazon to end its dispute with Hachette.
Naggar's letter, posted in full on GigaOm, met with two statements, the first from Hachette, and then a follow-up from Amazon. Hachette said that it welcomed Amazon withdrawing the sanctions it had "unilaterally imposed," and that "the best outcome for the writers we publish is a contract with Amazon that brings genuine marketing benefits and whose terms allow Hachette to continue to invest in writers, marketing, and innovation."...
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