Friday, The Book Wheel wrote an excellent post about the Amazon vs Hachette issue- to sum it up, Amazon and Hachette are having a re-negotiation issue and right now the Hachette authors are suffering.
Ok, so here is my thought: I have been an Amazon fan for some time ( and let me tell you, when you live in the sticks like I do- you probably would like Amazon, too). Years and years ago, when I first started my online shopping- they were who I turned to. They were the place I bought my cozy mystery books (they at one time had a great 4 for 3 deal on books). For years me and Amazon existed in a peaceful, happy relationship. I ordered books & other essentials, shipped Christmas gifts, and more. I was a happy gal.
Then, I began book blogging. And even then I still liked Amazon (even though I was in the minority). I have a Kindle (major Kindle love!) and I still ordered my cozy books (you really can’t beat that getting it on release day thing!)
But I listen to the other bloggers and I see their issue with Amazon. No one likes a bully.
The whole Amazon vs Hachette issue is one of those things that no one is a winner about. The authors lose, the readers lose, the publishers lose, and the store front (aka Amazon) loses.
In the next few weeks, 2 authors books- Elin Hilderbrand and Megan Abbot (arguably 2 very big authors) are being released. Will the Amazon/Hachette issue impact their sales? Yes. Will it ultimately matter in the big scheme of things (meaning will people find their books in other places & buy?) Probably. Because those names are recognized by book lovers. But what about new authors? Or authors who don’t have a huge following? The lack of being able to get the book through Amazon is going to impact them.
Furthermore, the casual reader will be impacted. Picture this: You are knowing that Elin Hilderbrand will have a book coming out this summer, but you don’t know when. So you pop over to Amazon, search for the latest Elin Hilderbrand book, and nada. You don’t see a pre-order button, you don’t see a buy button- what do you do? Do you go to another retailer? Do you wait for it at the library?
Amazon, I’m not sure how I feel. I hate that Hachette authors are suffering. I hate that this issue has blown up into a big issue. I feel quite confident that it will be resolved soon with both sides being satisfied, but I worry that some of the damage will be long-term.
My question to readers of Traveling With T: Does knowing about the Amazon vs Hachette issue affect your thoughts on Amazon? Where will you get your Hachette books until the issue is resolved? And if (when!) it’s resolved, will you still be annoyed with Amazon? Or will you let bygones be bygones?
Happy Reading and Bookishly Yours,
T @ Traveling With T