Amazon Breaks Silence on Hachette Negotiations

Amazon-logoAfter months of silence on the issue, Amazon finally lets customers hear its own side in the battle it’s waging with Hachette.

In a statement, the e-tailer confides that it’s “not optimistic” that its differences with the publisher “will be resolved soon.”

At one point, Amazon even encourages customers to shop at rivals for books if they need to.

Much more.


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The Hachette Books Amazon Isn’t Targeting (DBW)
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The Case for Quitting Amazon (Reuters)
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Two Digital Publishing Acquisitions (Pub Lunch)
Blurb buys and incorporates staff from illustrated ebook platform Graphicly, and ebook store Feedbooks purchases Aldiko, an e-reading app for Android users.

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