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Saturday, April 21, 2018

Amazon Vs. Hachette: Soul Searching In Techie, Bookish Seattle

By Katharine Schwab, The Seattle Times SEATTLE — In this city famous for its independent bookstores and pungent coffee shops — brick-and-mortar institutions that value touch, taste and long, rainy afternoons — a high-profile conflict about the business of selling e-books has left many readers feeling conflicted. Their dilemma: balancing an addiction to the convenient […]

August 13, 2014

Hachette Pushes Back After Amazon Alleges Price Fixing

New York (AFP) — Hachette Book Group has defended itself against accusations of pushing up prices for e-books amid a simmering dispute with online retail giant Amazon. “Hachette sets prices for our books entirely on our own, not in collusion with anyone,” the American head of the publishing group, Michael Pietsch, wrote in a letter […]

August 11, 2014

Over 900 Authors Join Effort To Press Amazon On Hachette

New York (AFP) — More than 900 authors have signed a letter urging U.S. online giant Amazon to end its simmering dispute with publishing group Hachette over book pricing. The open letter circulated by bestselling author Douglas Preston that blames Amazon for the standoff is also due to appear in a full-page ad in Sunday’s […]

August 8, 2014