At least one person who knows a lot about the situation thinks so: David Streitfeld, the New York Times reporter who initially broke the story and has written about it extensively since.
In his latest long piece on the Amazon-Hachette dispute, Streitfeld wrote, “a deal soon would not be a surprise,” based on the latest offers from Hachette and Amazon’s current position.
He told Digital Book World later through email, “Hachette has made a third offer they describe as very generous. Amazon is being killed by this author thing. It really bugs them. They are supposed to be the author’s friend. So when both parties have an incentive to settle, isn’t that when you see a settlement?”
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