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Thu May 29, 2014
Authors Angered Over Amazon's Dispute With Publisher Hachette
Originally published on Mon June 2, 2014 8:37 am
DAVID GREENE, HOST:
We've reached a moment that probably shouldn't surprise us when it comes to the modern publishing industry. A lot of people are addicted to buying books online using Amazon. But Amazon is now in a pricing dispute with the publisher Hachette. The online giant is refusing to accept orders for upcoming books from Hachette, which has a heavy-hitting roster of authors. NPR's Mandalit del Barco reports.
MANDALIT DEL BARCO: Some authors are furious at Amazon.
NINA LADEN: They don't really care. It's all about money.
DEL BARCO: Children's author and illustrator Nina Laden posted her complaint on Facebook.
LADEN: The part that hurts the most is Amazon using authors and illustrators as collateral.
DEL BARCO: If you're a fan of such authors as Michael Connelly or J.K. Rowling, you can no longer pre-order their newest books on amazon.com. The online retailer is also delaying shipment of the Hachette books it is selling. In a statement, Amazon went so far as to suggest customers could buy the books from one of its competitors. Writer David Sedaris says there are alternatives.
DAVID SEDARIS: There are things called stores.
DEL BARCO: Sedaris' books are published by an Hachette imprint. His latest is called "Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls."
SEDARIS: If you don't want to go to a store, or if you don't want to use some other website to buy the book, then don't buy the book. Don't do it. Get something else you can get on Amazon, like a toaster or thermal socks. I think they sell those. Go ahead. Don't get my book. Get a flashlight instead.
DEL BARCO: David Sedaris says he doesn't shop online anyway. Mandalit del Barco, NPR News. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.