For several months now, online giant Amazon has been leaning on publishing pygmy Hachette in order to exact more, well, tribute for its bookselling.
Improbably, Hachette has fought back, taking a hatchet to the Beast of Bezos.
From Deadline Hollywood:
Grisham, Stephen King And 900+ Authors Assail Jeff Bezos’ Amazon Thuggery
More than 900 authors including heavyweights Stephen King and John Grisham lent their names to a Sunday New York Times ad decrying AmazonCEO Jeff Bezos for pressure tactics hurting writers published by Hachette.The Paris-based owner of Little, Brown, Grand Central, Hyperion and other publishers is locked in a very public pricing battle with the online retailer.While Amazon has repeatedly said it tries to bring consumers the lowest price, the writers pointed to thuggish tactics to delay shipping and convince its customers to read authors not published by those imprints.
The Times two-page (!) ad:
The issue, in a nutshell:
Random sampling of authors:
For your convenience, the ad also includes Jeff Bezos’ email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
No “hatchet” puns?
I thought I had one in there.