Amazon issues strange note to Kindle authors about its dispute with Hachette

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Amazon issues strange note to Kindle authors about its dispute with Hachette

Aug 11 2014

Late Friday night Amazon issued another strange note about its dispute with Hachette, this time in the form of a letter from the "Amazon Books Team" to Kindle Direct Publishing authors with the subject line "Important Kindle request."

The e-mail asked the authors, most of whom are self-published, to support the company and to write to Hachette CEO Michael Pietsch, whose e-mail address Amazon provided. In just a few paragraphs, Amazon reiterated its paper-thin arguments that almost all e-books should be priced at $9.99 or less; gave the usual contextless examples of how lower prices always lead to higher sales; made an inaccurate historical allusion to the rise of paperbacks in the industry; misquoted "the famous author George Orwell"; said it sought better terms only to give lower prices to consumers; and took a familiar page from some other wealthy Americans and corporations by setting up a seemingly grassroots organization to support itself. Click below for full article at Shelf Awareness

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