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

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Debuts The New Kindle DX At NYC's Pace University
Spencer Platt—Getty Images Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos speaks about the new Kindle DX at a press conference at Pace University May 6, 2009 in New York City.

The highly public dispute between Amazon and Hachette targets authors caught in the middle

In a move designed to turn the tables against Hachette amid an ongoing contractual dispute, Amazon offered the publisher’s writers 100 percent of the profits from their respective e-book profits.

The New York Times reports that Amazon executive David Naggar sought to break the impasse between the retailer and the publisher by appealing directly to Hachette’s stable of writers. Naggar sent a letter highlighting the terms of a deal that was rejected by Hachette. The letter argued that the writers would directly benefit from the deal, noting that it would offer them all of their e-books’ sale prices and resume timely shipments of their books. Amazon stalled those shipments and cut inventories after an unusually public falling out with the publisher.

The letter also blamed Hachette for walking away from the negotiating table, claiming that Hachette ignored a January request to resume talks.


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