This came from the authors guild yesterday.
Removing buy buttons, hiding books from searches based on homosexual content and now slowing sales- these are the returns publishing gets from Amazon. It’s time to stop allowing them to dictate terms. Every publisher should write down it’s terms for sale, including especially a sane discount policy, distribute it to retailers including Amazon and let’s move into the new world. There is so much to gain for our industry and so little to lose.
Amazon v Stephen Colbert? Amazon slow-walks books by Colbert, Gladwell, others in spat with Hachette
Note: The books affected may not be limited to best-selling authors. Amazon has previously blocked sales of thousands of midlist books in the UK and US, including our very own Backinprint.com books a few years ago.
Hachette authors: we’re trying to get a sense of the scope of the problem. So please take a moment to check on the status of your books at Amazon. If any are delayed two to three weeks, please let us know by emailing email@example.com. Put “Amazon” in the subject line. And let’s widen the net a bit: please forward this member alert on to your Hachette-published colleagues. Many thanks.
If you care to comment, here’s our blog entry.
In an apparent dispute over sales terms with big five publisher Hachette Book Group, Amazon is slowing delivery of select Hachette titles, The New York Times reports. Among the affected titles are James Patterson’s “Alex Cross, Run” and Stephen Colbert’s “America Again: Re-becoming the Greatness We Never Weren’t,” according to the Times. Amazon has used similar tactics in the past, including removing “buy buttons” from nearly every Macmillan title in 2010 over disputed e-book sales terms.
Amazon is in some cases delaying sales by format. All English language trade paperbacks by Malcolm Gladwell, for example, ship in two to three weeks, while Gladwell’s hardcovers ship immediately.
The availability of the titles Amazon delays appears to shift from time to time. “Alex Cross, Run” is listed as in stock this morning, while Amazon is still slow-walking “America Again,” which is available in two to three weeks in hardcover.
Self-interest protects certain formats: all titles appear to be available in Kindle editions.
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