Amazon vs Hachette: readers and authors take sides in publishing dispute

The tussle between Amazon and the publishing conglomerate has been raging since spring. Here’s an update on the fight: The Guardian

A corporate boxing match broke from the ring and swelled into all-out rumpus last weekend, as readers and authors took sides in Amazon and Hachette’s fight over the publishing industry’s future.

The dispute between the online retailer and the publishing conglomerate began this spring, and revolves around the pricing of ebooks and contract details for distributing Hachette’s books. Much of it remained private – as most contract negotiations between giant corporations do – until Amazon halted sales of some Hachette books, making some unavailable to purchase, delaying deliveries of others by weeks and months, and advertising alongside some titles with a banner of “similar items at a lower price”.

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