Hachette

  • Amazon Vs. Hachette: Fewer Middlemen Equals A Better World

    Amazon Vs. Hachette: Fewer Middlemen Equals A Better World

    By now everyone is well aware of the ongoing battle between Amazon and publisher Hachette. The thing is, we all know how this story ends, we just don’t know when it will be over. This one does not have a David vs. Goliath ending. Goliath is going to win — and that is a good thing for the world. Read More

  • Getting Orwell Wrong

    Getting Orwell Wrong

    I was ready to come to Amazon’s defense (and I will, eventually). In their long letter to the writing community, they made some excellent points. They inflamed our passions, gave us historical context for our discontent, and then quoted none other than George Orwell on the disruptive nature of paperbacks and the need for evil publishers to crack down on upstart, low-priced alternatives. Read More

  • Amazon Sends Letter To Try To Take Authors “Out Of The Middle” Of The Hachette Dispute

    Amazon Sends Letter To Try To Take Authors “Out Of The Middle” Of The Hachette Dispute

    Amazon is flexing another muscle in the ongoing Hachette dispute. In a letter obtained by the New York Times, David Naggar, VP of Kindle content, is offering 100 percent of all profits for some Hachette authors and has forwarded the offer to the Authors Guild, a long-time opponent of all things Amazon. “We agree that authors are caught in the middle while these negotiations drag on… Read More

  • The Only Tragedy Of This War Is That One Day It Will End

    The Only Tragedy Of This War Is That One Day It Will End

    Did you know that the book publishing industry is at war with itself? No, wait, you’re a TechCrunch reader, wrong question. Did you know that the book publishing industry still exists? …This is kind of an awkward time for those of us who love both books and technology. It’s almost like you can’t cheer for both. This week’s example: the ongoing dirty war between… Read More

  • Hachette And Amazon Fire Verbal Shots Over Contract Dispute

    Hachette And Amazon Fire Verbal Shots Over Contract Dispute

    When we last left retail giant Amazon and publishing giant Hachette, the companies were at an impasse over contract negotiations, resulting in some of the most egregious efforts by Amazon to bury Hachette’s titles by slowing down shipment, raising prices, and even refusing to sell certain books entirely. Read More

  • Big Win For Amazon, B&N In Europe: Apple, Four Big Publishers Terminate Their Agency Deal

    Big Win For Amazon, B&N In Europe: Apple, Four Big Publishers Terminate Their Agency Deal

    Some development in the e-book price war being played out in Europe — and an indirect victory for Amazon and any other retailer not called Apple in the process: the European Commission has announced that Apple and the four big publishers Hachette, Macmillan, HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster have offered to drop their agency pricing agreement for e-books sold in Europe —… Read More

  • Collusion! Apple, Publisher Partners Accused Of Raising E-Book Prices

    Collusion! Apple, Publisher Partners Accused Of Raising E-Book Prices

    Apple was surely riding high after the announcement of their new iPad yesterday, but that doesn’t mean that everything is OK in CA if a Wall Street Journal report published today holds true. According to “people familiar with the matter,” Apple along with HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Penguin Group, Hachette Book Group, and Macmillan are on the verge of being slapped… Read More