Authors Come Down On Different Sides In Amazon-Hachette Dispute
Thursday, July 10, 2014
In the ongoing fight between Amazon.com and book publisher Hachette over e-book prices and who gets what share of the revenue, Amazon has thrown in a new twist. It’s offering Hachette authors all of the revenue from their e-book sales for as long as the dispute lasts.
Amazon says it would also stop making it difficult customers to order books by Hachette authors quickly and easily.
Hachette says Amazon is trying to get it to “commit suicide.” Authors, meanwhile, are caught in the middle, and they’re reacting differently to Amazon’s proposal.
Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson talks to best-selling author Scott Turow, who is against the proposal, and independent author Valerie Douglas, who thinks it’s reasonable.
- Scott Turow, best-selling Hachette author, a lawyers, and former president of the Author’s Guild. He tweets @ScottTurow.
- Valerie Douglas, independent author who publishes on Amazon under her own name and the pen name V.J. Devereaux. She also runs the Indie Author Group. She tweets @ValerieDouglasA.