3 Replies Latest reply on Jul 9, 2014 10:10 AM by keriflur

    Amazon Offered Hachette’s Writers 100% Profits in Latest Salvo Against Publisher

    bobstro

      Looks like Amazon is trying a divide-and-conquer tactic to put a wedge between Hachette and authors. Until the dispute is settled, if Hachette agrees, authors of titles sold by that publisher will receive 100% of profits from sales. Amazon will remove barriers to sale and allow pre-ordering as well. From what I understand, Hachette would have to agree to these terms, so this is likely nothing more than a publicity ploy by Amazon.

        • Re: Amazon Offered Hachette’s Writers 100% Profits in Latest Salvo Against Publisher
          keriflur

          bobstro wrote:

          Looks like Amazon is trying a divide-and-conquer tactic to put a wedge between Hachette and authors. Until the dispute is settled, if Hachette agrees, authors of titles sold by that publisher will receive 100% of profits from sales. Amazon will remove barriers to sale and allow pre-ordering as well. From what I understand, Hachette would have to agree to these terms, so this is likely nothing more than a publicity ploy by Amazon.


          The response I've seen from authors on twitter has been pretty cold. They think it's BS. One pointed out that as he has a KDP account, if Amazon really wanted to give him the money, they'd've done it already. 

          • Re: Amazon Offered Hachette’s Writers 100% Profits in Latest Salvo Against Publisher
            patgolfneb

            If you are intelligent enough to write a decent book, hopefully you are able to recognize a ploy designed to turn you against one partner in favor of another, not protection for you. 

              • Re: Amazon Offered Hachette’s Writers 100% Profits in Latest Salvo Against Publisher
                keriflur

                patgolfneb wrote:

                If you are intelligent enough to write a decent book, hopefully you are able to recognize a ploy designed to turn you against one partner in favor of another, not protection for you. 


                I feel like Amazon heavily underestimates the relationship between authors and their publishers (which is maybe why their own publishing arm hasn't done very well). While the author/pub relationship is very much a business relationship, editors often play large roles in developing manuscripts into books, and having someone support your work like that - the feeling that gives an author, that this person or group of people truly want to see their work succeed, it's a much deeper feeling than most folks have for their coworkers. Amazon has no shot whatosever in turning authors against Hachette.

                 

                I suspect this was more to convince Amazon's customers that they're the good guys. LOL.