Online giant retailer, Amazon, shares an apple of discord yet again with a publisher – this time with Hachette.
Only this time, the feud runs deep. So much so, that Amazon has disabled the pre order buttons from upcoming books like Connelly’s “The Burning Room” and Rowling’s “The Silkworm,” written under the pen name of Robert Galbraith.
Although Hachette spokeswoman, Sophie Cottrell claims that the publishing house is doing everything in their power to find a solution to this difficult situation, there is little movement on the issue.
Amazon still observes silence, garnering more criticism from famous authors such as Sherman Alexie and James Patterson, whose book sales have already been curbed in this ongoing battle.
The disagreement is rather mercenary in nature, stemming from arguments over E book prices because Seattle based Amazon, continues to be the leader in E book sales, with over 60% of the statistics in its favour and no rivals have ever been able to compete with Amazon’s discounts – a credit that it would not like to lose at this stage of power and vulnerability.
Specially so, considering the fact that the stock prices dropped sharply in 2014, despite the profits.
This is not the first time such bone of contention was shared by Amazon – it previously had a similar issue with Macmillan, on account of which authors Jonathan Franzen, Bill O’Reilly and Augusten Burroughs suffered serious sale setbacks.
A similar haggling occurred with Apple when it lauched its ibookstore. The Amazon $9.99 price tag would be way too expensive for Apple in terms of sale setbacks.
Consequently, it teamed up with authors to follow the Agency Model, that allows authors to set their own prices. Amazon relented but Apple and some authors got sued in the process for price fixing – causing Hachette and Macmillan to file for a settlement.
For now, Tina Fey’s “Bossypants,” Gladwell’s “The Tipping Point” and Brad Stone’s “The Everything Store,” a critical portrait of Amazon and founder Jeff Bezos would have to wait in anticipation of being sold through Amazon to users.