Monday, July 28th13.0°C
21450
22412

Stephen King and Nora Roberts among hundreds of writers backing anti-Amazon letter

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Stephen King, Nora Roberts and Donna Tartt are among the hundreds of authors who have added their names to an online letter criticizing Amazon.com for restricting access to works published by Hachette Book Group.

The letter, initiated by Hachette author Douglas Preston, urged Amazon to resolve its standoff with Hachette over e-book prices and other issues. Readers were asked to email Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos at [email protected] and "tell him what you think." Amazon has slowed delivery on books by Preston and other Hachette authors, limited discounts and removed pre-order tags for upcoming releases.

In a telephone interview Thursday, Preston said he was receiving so many emails of support that he felt like "a data entry clerk." Known for such thrillers as "Blasphemy" and "The Codex," Preston said he admired Amazon and appreciated how many of his books have sold through the online retailer. But he objected to Amazon's "scorched earth tactics."

"A lot of pain is being inflicted on innocent third parties," he said, referring to authors whose books have been affected.

Preston's next book, "The Lost Island," is a collaboration with Lincoln Child that comes out in August. Only the audio edition can be pre-ordered.

"Our focus for years has been to build a bookstore that benefits authors and readers alike," read a statement issued Thursday by Amazon. "We take seriously and regret the impact it has when, however infrequently, a terms dispute with a publisher affects authors. We look forward to resolving this issue with Hachette as soon as possible."

Other authors endorsing the letter, which appears on http://www.prestonchild.com/storage/med/preston/220_AmazonStatement.pdf ., include James Patterson, Andrew Solomon and Scott Turow. Some on the list are Hachette writers, but many are published by rival companies. The authors include bestselling novelists such as King and Roberts, prize-winning historians such as Robert Caro and Taylor Branch, children's authors Laurie Halse Anderson and Mary Pope Osborne, Pulitzer Prize winner Tartt and memoir writers Elizabeth Gilbert and Mary Karr.

"We're in this for the long haul, as Amazon may well be, too," Preston said.

Meanwhile, bestselling science fiction author Hugh Howey has written a petition addressed to readers that praises Amazon for offering low prices and for paying generous e-book royalties — as high as 70 per cent, compared to the standard 25 per cent from traditional publishers — to authors published by Amazon. Howey, who has had great success selling e-books through Amazon, has been a leading defender of the Seattle-based company and an advocate for self-publishing.

"You probably aren't aware of this, but the majority of your favourite authors can't make a living off their book sales alone," reads the petition, which can be found on https://www.change.org/petitions/authors-to-thank-our-readers-2 and is supported by J.A. Konrath and other popular Amazon writers.

"Very few authors could when New York Publishing was in charge. That is changing now that Amazon and other online retailers are paying authors a fair wage."

Preston may be the leader of the current round of Amazon criticism, but he emphasized that he did not support a boycott and that he hoped the dispute would be resolved "in a friendly way."

Just the other day, he bought some computer equipment from Amazon.

"I'm an Amazon Prime member and plan to remain so," he said.

The Canadian Press


Read more Business News




Recent Trending




Today's Market
S&P TSX15455.04+60.59
S&P CDNX1017.445.79
DJIA16960.57-123.23
Nasdaq4449.564-22.543
S&P 5001978.34-9.64
CDN Dollar0.9251+0.0004
Gold1304.30+1.2001
Oil104.30-0.29
Lumber325.50+0.20
Natural Gas3.781+0.001

 
Okanagan Companies
Pacific Safety0.185-0.015
Knighthawk0.01-0.005
QHR Technologies Inc1.15-0.02
Cantex0.07-0.01
Anavex Life Sciences0.275-0.005
Metalex Ventures0.08+0.01
Russel Metals35.36-0.21
Copper Mountain Mining2.820.00
Colorado Resources0.21+0.005
ReliaBrand Inc0.10+0.019
Sunrise Resources Ltd0.05+0.025
Mission Ready Services0.19+0.01

 



21623

FEATURED Property
193440612 2055 Ethel Street
3 bedrooms 3 baths
$274,000
more details
image2image2image2
Click here to feature your property
Please wait... loading


Take charge of your debt

Photo: Thinkstock.comWays to reduce your Debt:Make a budget and get budget counselingA basic first step for debt reduction is to prepare a budget and plan your spending. Once you have a budget, you mu...


Geopolitical tensions rattle markets

The Big Picture Geopolitical tensions rattle markets The spectre of rising geopolitical tensions in Ukraine and Gaza cast a shadow over an otherwise positive week in the markets. News that a passenger...


Labour shortage in BC

The mainstream media are finally waking up to something unusual in British Columbia – a labour shortage. If the experience of Alberta is a guide to our own future, the highly skilled labour will...

_








Member of BC Press Council


22707