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Monday, April 6, 2015

HarperCollins Battles Amazon

Last year two super powers in books went head to head over a contract for selling books online: Amazon and Hachette. I never thought I'd say that about a site that sells everything, including kitchen sinks, but that is what Amazon has become. During this battle Amazon suspended sales of all the books published by the Hachette group, which hurt a lot of authors. Many blamed Hachette for not compromising because Amazon waved the idea that they only wanted to lower eBook prices. But let's face it, Amazon was just as wrong for suspending book sales.

Now, HarperCollins and Amazon are going head to head over the same deal as their contract has just come up for renewal. Already I've seen comments online of people who said they just won't buy HarperCollins books. That breaks my heart. I don't want to see great authors hurt in this fight, which is why I will go to other sites to buy their books. For the sake of authors, and the love of great books, I hope you'll do the same. First you'll need to download an eReader app for your Kindle to be able to read other eBook formats (Yes, that's really possible. Don't be afraid to break those chains that tie you to one retailer!). No worries, detailed, easy-to-follow instructions on how to get the app on your Kindle & working can be found at this link. Once you do, here are some great websites where you can purchase eBooks (and they don't sell kitchen sinks ;)







8 comments:

  1. So sad there's another big argument going on. Everyone needs to accept things are changing and compromise for the sake of everyone, including the authors.

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    1. Agreed! I hate seeing both readers and authors suffer through this.

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  2. Heather, I had no idea. This is just horrible. And I am definitely not afraid to break the chain! Thank you so much for creating awareness!!

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    1. You're welcome, Karlene! I knew you'd have the courage. ;)

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  3. I think it's ridiculous. Amazon is, in effect, saying they don't need their business. Good for you to put up the other sites for sales, Heather.

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    1. You hit it spot on! They are doing their best to control the book selling industry under the guise of 'helping lower book prices', when that really isn't their intent at all.

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  4. Amazon is a juggernaut and a monopoly. I am always suspicious of monopolies. They rarely benefit the little guy. I think if Amazon keeps throwing around its weight, their actions will draw Congressional scrutiny -- and no one will win on that furball!

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    1. Exactly, me too! And you're right, it is a no win situation where readers and authors are getting hurt. Many see the publisher as the bad guy here when really Amazon is just as guilty, if not more so.

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