Interpreting Amazon’s Stance in Hachette Feud

Amazon questionMaking sense of Amazon’s point-of-view in its ongoing standoff with Hachette is no small challenge. The retailer has been characteristically tight-lipped about its goals and strategy in its protracted contract negotiations with the publisher.

That’s one reason why recent remarks by Kindle head Russ Grandinetti garnered such different interpretations by industry analysts. One sees his comments as reflecting business as usual, and another as a departure from Amazon’s long-held customer-centric philosophy.

In the meantime, the question of what the dispute’s outcome will mean for the future of publishing remains wide open.


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