Thank you all for your messages of support. We’re working to make sure authors and readers can stay connected. Keep reading! #ReadHachette
The fight between Amazon and Hachette is back in the news with more than 300 authors signing a petition imploring Jeff Bezos to resolve the issue. As many of you know, I started a social media campaign back in May called #ReadHachette, asking readers to share their favorite Hachette titles and authors on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram using the hashtag, #ReadHachette. The response was overwhelming, both from authors and readers alike, and I wanted to thank you all for taking the time to join in. The renewed focus on the fight has demonstrated that a resolution is still a long way off, so in the meantime I ask you to continue (or start) utilizing #ReadHachette. Please keep in mind that the campaign does not take sides in the negotiations and was designed solely to support authors who may be negatively impacted by the fight (you can read the full disclaimer here).
Learn more about the campaign here.
Recap and updates about the dispute
Wanting better terms, Amazon ceased stocking many titles by Hachette Book Group authors, including removing the pre-order button for anticipated new releases. On May 27, Amazon announced that it did not anticipate a speedy resolution and encouraged its customers to purchase HBG books elsewhere, causing an uproar with Amazon’s own, paying Prime customers. Since then, several authors have come out to ask Jeff Bezos to resolve the dispute for “the good of publishing.” If you’re interested in learning more about the details, please check out the following links: