Hachette Author Reports Amazon Dispute Hurting Sales

Hachette logoIs Amazon’s actions in its dispute with Hachette affecting sales of print books and ebooks?

For at least one Hachette author, the answer seems to be a definitive “yes.”

Best-selling author Michael Sullivan has seen his print sales decline by nearly 50% since the start of the year and while he won’t see his ebook unit sales until his next royalty statement, he has watched as the sales ranks (a very good proxy for sales) for his books have increased precipitously in the past few months (meaning he’s selling fewer units).

What does this hybrid author think about it all? Find out here.

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