900 Authors Take Out Ad "To Stop Amazon Harming Livelihoods"

0
2
Subscribe to Jk Rowling alerts

Over 900 authors including JK Rowling, James Patterson and Donna Tartt, have backed a full-page ad in the New York Times, calling on Amazon "to stop harming the livelihood of the authors on whom it has built its business."

Amazon

The aggressive tactic is the latest move in a battle which has seen Amazon delay delivery and remove pre-readers on a slew of books by authors from Hachette - the French publisher. Amazon says it is attempting to "lower ebook prices" while Hachette argues that it is seeking "terms that value appropriately for the years ahead the author's unique role in creating books, and the publisher's role in editing, marketing, and distributing them."

More: can Amazon Prime Music be a Spotify killer?

More: 12 things we learnt from JK Rowling's new Harry Potter story

More: Daniel Radcliffe rules out more Harry Potter movies

Now, the bestselling writer Douglas Preston has collected over 900 signatures backing a letter that will appear in Sunday's New York Times, calling on readers to contact Amazon's Jeff Bezos "and tell him what you think" about the situation. 

"As writers - most of us not published by Hachette - we feel strongly that no bookseller should block the sale of books or otherwise prevent or discourage customers from ordering or receiving the books they want. It is not right for Amazon to single out a group of authors, who are not involved in the dispute, for selective retaliation. Moreover, by inconveniencing and misleading its own customers with unfair pricing and delayed delivery, Amazon is contradicting its own written promise to be 'Earth's most customer-centric company',"  write the authors, who also include Stephen King and Paul Auster.

According to the New York Times, the full-page ad cost $104,000. 


Contactmusic

Tags: Jk Rowling - Stephen King

0
2
Subscribe to Jk Rowling alerts
Advertisement

More Jk Rowling

Yes There Were Jewish And LGBT Students At Hogwarts (It's Just The Wiccans Who Were Left Out)

JK Rowling has been delighting loyal Harry Potter fans recently with new stories everyday as the author counts down the 12 days of Christmas on...

J.K. Rowling Reveals The Only 'Harry Potter' Character She Feels "Guilty" About Killing Off

Many 'Harry Potter' fans would think that the death of Professor Dumbledore in 'The Half Blood Prince' would have been one of the hardest decisions...

JK Rowling's Detective Novels Set to Be Adapted For BBC Series

JK Rowling's detective novels - written under the pen name Robert Galbraith - are set to be adapted for the small screen at the BBC....

J K Rowling's 'Robert Galbraith' Novels To Be BBC TV Series

The BBC has announced that the two crime novels written under a pseudonym of Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling are to be turned into a...

Advertisement

J.K. Rowling Set To Release 12 New 'Harry Potter' Stories

Christmas may have just got even more exciting if you are a fan of the famous boy wizard 'Harry Potter' as J.K. Rowling is set...

JK Rowling Reveals Christmas Treat For 'Harry Potter' Fans, With 12 New Stories On The Way

When Harry Potter die-hards were compiling their Christmas lists, new material from J.K.Rowling was probably more than most fans dared to wish for. But a...

J.K. Rowling Reveals Inspiration Behind Hogwarts Professor Dolores Umbridge

The author of the famed 'Harry Potter' book series J.K. Rowling has sent fans of the boy wizard into a frenzy as she published a...

J.K. Rowling Shares Dolores Umbridge's Background In New Harry Potter Story

Harry Potter fans were in for a treat on Friday (31st October) when J.K. Rowling posted a new story on Pottermore.com detailing the background of...

Advertisement

Comments

Jason Amelio's picture

Jason Amelio

Hachette will cave without a doubt. The fact is they need the Amazon "shelf space" more than Amazon needs them. A petition called "Stop Fighting Low Prices and Fair Wages" aimed at Hachette has over 8,000 signatures and rising. They can't even get ahead in the meaningless signature game.

4 months 2 weeks ago
Report
View Comments

Aimee Krenz's picture

Aimee Krenz

Um...You're saying JK Rowling added her name to this but I don't see her name on the letter?

4 months 2 weeks ago
Report
View Comments

Jk Rowling Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on Jk Rowling

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All