Tomahawk, WI 08/13/2014 (Basicsmedia) – The unending battle between Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) and Hachette took another twist earlier in the week after authors and readers took sides against the giant online store, stating that its standoff with Hachette is considerably affecting the entire book industry. More than 900 authors have joined hands and formed a group named ‘authors united’ expected to push Amazon to play fair in the industry, according to, Susan Shapiro, author of ‘The Bosnia List’ in an interview on Bloomberg.
“The goal is that Amazon made a big mistake and it is not fair to any one of us and every author and editor and agent I know in the entire country, is pretty much upset about this. It is not playing fair, and we want Amazon to play fair,” said Shapiro.
Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) is not playing fair according to Shapiro on the fact that it is not offering books published by Hachette to customers at any given time or place. The move by Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) has considerably brought the book industry to a standstill considerably affecting the sales of some of the top releases.
The standoff has drawn authors together both signed by Hachette and other publishing companies in an attempt to prevent the same from happening again according to Shapiro.
“[…] there are a lot of authors I know who we want to stand united.[…] Hachette is just the first step, and this is going to happen with every publisher and so many people from other publishers took a risk and just said; we are going to stand together united. This is unfair our books should not be held hostage,” said Shapiro.
Shapiro maintains that Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) used a harsh tactic in pulling off Hachette books instead of focusing on negotiations that was expected to solve the matter amicably. Profits in the book industry have considerably shrunk as a result of the increase in sales for e-books that are considerably cheap compared to the traditional hard copies.