AirTalk for May 29, 2014

Is Amazon being a bully?

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This file picture taken on November 13, 2012 in Paris shows shows the "Amazon" logo. Amazon on October 3, 2013.

Amazon.com and publisher, Hachette Book Group, are in a contract dispute.The New York Times says, “Amazon was seeking better terms, Hachette was balking, so Amazon began cutting it off.”

It’s said that Amazon, although receiving book orders from Hachette, are not giving them to the customer at the speed in which they are famous for, nor at a price that’s most affordable. All this, to put the squeeze on Hachette so the publisher capitulates to Amazon’s terms.

What kind of impact does Amazon’s actions have on publishers, authors, and the reading public? Is Amazon playing an unfair game of hardball? What choices do publishers and consumers have?

Guest: 

David Streitfeld, covers technology for The New York Times and broke the original story

 


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