Literary Lions Unite in Protest Over Amazonâ€™s E-Book Tactics - NYTimes.com
Geege Schuman stashed this in Douchebaggery
Even Amazonâ€™s detractors readily admit that it is one of the most powerful tools for selling books since the Gutenberg press. But how that power is used is increasingly being questioned in a way it was not during the companyâ€™s rise.
Take, for instance, the different treatment Amazon has given two new Hachette books on political themes.
â€śSons of Wichitaâ€ť by Daniel Schulman, a writer for Mother Jones magazine, came out in May. Amazon initially discounted the book, a well-received biography of the conservative Koch brothers, by 10 percent,Â according to a price-tracking service. Now it does not discount it at all. It takes as long as three weeks to ship.
â€śThe Way Forward: Renewing the American Ideaâ€ť by RepresentativeÂ Paul RyanÂ has no such constraints, an unusual position these days for a new Hachette book.
Amazon refused to take advance orders for â€śThe Way Forward,â€ť as it does with all new Hachette titles. But once the book was on sale, it was consistentlyÂ discounted by about 25 percent. There is no shipping delay. Not surprisingly, it has a much higher sales ranking on Amazon than â€śSons of Wichita.â€ť
So Amazon can essentially pick winners. Yikes.Â