Authors call on readers in Amazon book battle
Published on Jul 4, 2014 6:33 AM
NEW YORK (AFP) - Big-name authors are calling on readers to help them get out of the cross-fire in a battle between online giant Amazon and French publishing powerhouse Hachette.
An open letter to readers picking up momentum online on Thursday had racked up more than 60 signatures including those of Lee Child, James Patterson, Hilary Spurling, and Scott Turow.
"We feel strongly that no bookseller should block the sale of books or otherwise prevent or discourage customers from ordering or receiving the books they want," read the letter that bestselling author Douglas Preston has been circulating.
"It is not right for Amazon to single out a group of authors, who are not involved in the dispute, for selective retaliation." Hachette and online retail colossus Amazon are clashing over terms of a distribution contract for works handled by the publisher.
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