On 9 August Amazon emailed a public letter to all of its authors stating its side in the ongoing dispute with Hachette.
Basically Amazon’s argument boiled down to:
- Large publishers had illegally colluded to overcharge for ebooks. They can and should be less expensive.
- Lowering e-book prices will help – not hurt – the reading culture, just like paperbacks did.
- Hachette should stop using their authors as leverage and accept one of Amazon’s offers to take them out of the middle.
In support of its argument Amazon went public with information on the offers it had made Hachette to take authors out of the middle, specifically: Continue reading