Wow, the book world cannot stop talking about Amazon! They seem to be all over the news in the dispute with Hachette. The book retailer makes things convenient for consumers who can easily get books shipped to them at a low price, but publishers believe that Amazon is only money hungry to fund their new ventures.
The New York Times recently published an article titled Amazon, A Friendly Giant as Long as It’s Fed. Vincent Zandri, who only publishes through Amazon, was quoted in the article saying “Everything Amazon has promised me, it has fulfilled — and more,” he said. “They ask: ‘Are you happy, Vince? We just want to see you writing books.” But Michael Pietsch, chief executive of the Hachette Book Group, said “This controversy shouldn’t be misinterpreted. It’s all about Amazon trying to make more money.”
Digital Book World also covered the story, getting information from Mark Coker, the CEO of self-publishing distribution business Smashwords. He is an indie author and is rooting for Hachette in its current business dispute with Amazon because he believes that Hachette’s loss now would make it harder for big publishers to switch from the old agency model of selling ebooks.
Digital Book World said that Amazon is offering French customers one centime ($0.014) shipping on purchased books. The “anti-Amazon” law, which disallows much discounting books as well as free shipping on books went into effect this week. While it’s not technically violating the law, Amazon is offering super-cheap options, which will probably force France to amend their laws.