The dispute between the online retailer Amazon and the fourth largest U.S.publisher Hachette has ended, a battle that has been going on for months. While specific dimensions of the newly signed agreement have yet to be disclosed, Hachette has says they have full control over ebook pricing, a major component of the fight.
The issue with ebook pricing lay in the fact that Amazon wanted books to be priced at $9.99 or less. Hachette didn’t agree, and so Amazon proceeded to use various tactics such as nixing the pre-order button on Hachette books and delaying deliveries of Hachette hardcovers for weeks on end.
Because of the online retailer’s harsh methods, Amazon has been dubbed a bully by many, including by bestselling author John Green. Green is the author of the popular young adult novel, The Fault in Our Stars, which sits at the top of Amazon’s best sellers list.
So, now that an agreement has been signed between Amazon and Hachette, the question that remains is the “winner” of the whole ordeal? Various sources say it’s unclear. This article from The Economist discusses the multiple sides of the battle, and also questions whether the battle is truly over, as there are other publishers waiting their turn to duke it out with Amazon, which The Economist says could reignite the battle.
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