On of the Big Six Caves to Amazon


How’s that for a sensational title? Of course, there’s no telling if the negotiations could really be called “caving in to Amazon”. Neither side is likely to ever share the details. One thing I did pick up on in this article, is that Amazon wanted Perseus to contact people by phone and not email. That’s a lot of clout,  to be able to tell people how they can communicate with their own clients.
It’s hard to tell what to take away from this really. Did Perseus give in to what Amazon wanted? Or did Amazon reach a reasonable deal with the publisher that doesn’t punish the company and its authors? I doubt we’ll ever know.
I am afraid this will embolden Amazon to hold their hard line with Hachette, dragging out the Debacle even longer. 

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