A Book Lover has a Tough Choice

19 September 2014


With the emergence of electronic books (or eBooks, as they're called) on the market, there has always been a great debate as to whether this new form of media and the classic "real ink and paper" version is superior. However, a new battle has emerged in the corporate world between Amazon and Hachette over the future of publishing.




The Amazon vs. Hachette battle began close to the beginning of 2014, in regards to contracts on who would distribute Hachette books to the public. Soon, Amazon had halted sales on some Hachette books, making them unavailable for purchase, forcing delays in delivery of weeks to months, and advertising other, less expensive books that were deemed similar.




Authors Get Involved in Publishing Company Brawl


Some people were reluctant to speak out against either company in regards to the feud, with Amazon trying to press Hachette into negotiations. However, the France-based publishing company resisted such talks, and even some famous authors have spoken out against Amason's "bullying" tactics, such as Malcolm Gladwell and JK Rowling. Amazon was publicly and heavily criticised for damaging the livelihood that authors have relied on in generating Amazon's business.



But Amazon wasn't the only one to get criticised. Barry Eisler spoke out against the authors who were on Hachette's side, stating that they were from the "elite" publishing world, the "top 1%" who had no real interest in trying to improve the publishing world for anyone other than themselves. Their suggestions do nothing to help self-publishing authors, who have no real resources to begin within spreading their work to the common book lover.




Amazon Vs Hachette battle: The Dispute


The real debacle about this publishing company debate is that no one is actually interested in the interests of the authors, but rather the fact with who can get the most money out of the deal. Amazon is determined to control the price of ebooks in the market and keep it at a level price so that customers are more drawn into purchasing cheaper books. On the other hand, Hachette wants to set its own prices, with a scale of prices depending on the author, the release date and the success of the book, as well as other factors. And although this may make it more expensive for the customers, it gives authors their due for the hard work they put into the development of these books.




The market continues to be quite competitive in regards to the sales of ebooks, and the Amazon vs. Hachette battle is certainly bringing those concerns more to light. For the book lover, it's never an easy question to answer: should the publishing company cater to the needs of the customer, or pay the dues to the author's hard work?


the Italian bookclub staff


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