Amazon Editors Independent, Above Hachette-Amazon Fray

Editors at Amazon who make decisions about the retailer’s “best books” and featured picks work independently of the team negotiating with publisher Hachette over a new agreement between the firms.

Over the past several weeks, Amazon has come up with two lists of featured books meant to entice readers to buy: Amazon’s Best Books of 2014 (So Far) and “best books of the month list” for July. Observers have noted that these lists include Hachette titles. In the case of the July list, one of the Hachette titles is not yet available for sale and cannot be pre-ordered on Amazon. The retailer is currently not accepting pre-orders for Hachette titles that are not yet out, one tactic it has used in its negotiation with the publisher.

An Amazon spokesperson has confirmed to Digital Book World that indeed these editors do work completely independently and just choose books they love and think readers would, too.

Related: Learn more about the inner-workings of Amazon at Digital Book World 2015, where head of Kindle Russ Grandinetti will be interviewed by Mike Shatzkin and Michael Cader


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