Thursday, May 29, 2014

Thoughts On Amazon vs. Hachette Nonsense

Amazon's Announcement about Hachette Books has come as a complete shock to a lot of the bookworms since a lot of us like to pre-order copies of them to ensure that we stay within the buzz of everything that happens. With the public dispute that has been going on between the two companies, Amazon finally made a statement that may have set things back for the publisher. Here is what Amazon's statement looked like:

We are currently buying less (print) inventory and "safety stock" on titles from publisher, Hachette, than we ordinarily do, and are no longer taking pre-orders on titles whose publication dates are in the future. Instead, customers can order new titles when their publication date arrives. - Amazon Books Team
From the looks of it, seems like the two companies have never came to agreement on working with each other and now that Amazon is watching out for their own back, Hachette might bite back on some of their income. Amazon is, hands down, the MOST popular online seller when it comes to books and not having an option for pre-order or having to wait for a book to be in stock is extremely frustrating. What I do like is that Amazon stated that it knows how this affects the authors' but either way, it's a business world out there & they need to do what benefits them the most. 

I do have to say that Hachette is one of my favorite publishers out there & I love all of the books that they represent. Here are some amazing titles that they have been a part of marketing and definitely made some profit over the years:

Daughter of Smoke & Bone Roomies  Reality Boy Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock The Coldest Girl in Coldtown  The Geography of You and Me

Book people are crazy. Trust me. And when we don't get the book we want because we can't "pre-order" it or it's "out-of-stock", we get pissed. Like really pissed. & I really don't want this to be the reason why a lot of the readers would not discover their next favorite read. Here is what Hachette replied back to Amazon's statement:
Authors, with whom we at Hachette have been partners for nearly two centuries, engage in a complex and difficult mission to communicate with the readers. In addition to loyalties, they are concerned with audience, career, culture, education, art, entertainment, and connection. By preventing its customers from connecting with these authors' books, Amazon indicates that it considers books to be like any other consumer good. They are not.
This is a gold statement. And I hope Amazon will start to understand this. You can't just let the readers not be able to get that new book in readers' hands because it is a lot more than just a simple book to us. It is a way to escape and discover the world where we feel like we belong. 

Do you think this will affect Hachette's way of doing things? What are your thoughts on this?
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16 comments:

  1. This whole dispute had me puzzled. I can rarely follow and understand things like this but from what I gather, money is the issue. Isn't it always?

    Worse yet, I can't think of what books that I read will effect me this way. Oh I know there are some. What with all the subsidiary companies that branch off of Hachette, it will definitely come to me later. I can never remember which publishers are a subsidiary of the larger ones, gets complicated sometimes.

    But yeah, not liking what's going on here. Especially since I've fully integrated myself in the Amazon Prime world just this year. I'm feeling a deja vu sense of when there was that dispute between B&N and Simon & Schuster. Think I had to turn to Amazon for one of my titles then. Guess it's going to be the opposite this time around if things don't get worked out.

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    1. Yea it's kinda crazy how huge publications like these gets screwed. There are so many authors that are frustrated with this, it's crazy

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  2. I am usually pretty neutral on the whole Amazon monopoly thing but I don't like their tactics here. Something like this can definitely hurt an author. And Hachette is one of my faves, too. I cancelled any Hachette pre-orders from Amazon and ordered elsewhere. I need my books!

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    1. I know right?? I can't believe this happened, they just don't understand how crazy we are about our books

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  3. This whole dispute hurts my brain. I don't think it's fair but then again I have no idea how any of all this book business thing works. I think it's a shame though, that they can't come to an amicable agreement. Hopefully it all works out!

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    1. I really hope so too! Some people just don't know that there's a whole new world when it comes to books

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  4. I actually haven't read much about this dispute but it sounds like there is something happening behind the scenes that we are not fully aware of. It sounds kind of petty to be honest. Great post though!

    Jeann @ Happy Indulgence

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    1. Thank you Jeann! That's true though, seems like there are so much things that we are not aware of and it's just coming out!

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  5. I don't buy any new, physical books from Amazon, across the board, and haven't for a long time. (I'll still buy textbooks, but I'm graduating in August and won't need any more now, and ebooks.) Their near monopoly of online book sales is scary and I am honestly glad people are realizing both the power Amazon has and what they are willing to do with it. I'm so happy to hear Hachette understands that the book publishing business is much more than a business, too. I am afraid, though, that a lot of casual readers, readers who really only pick up a book because of buzz around it or a bestseller status, might see that they can't get their book for whatever percent off list price from Amazon and simply not buy it. I hope not, though.

    Great post! :D
    Rachel @ Paper Cuts

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    1. Thanks Rachel! I definitely see how this can change the way people look at Amazon and start turning to other retailers that hopefully have the supply of books

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  6. I've been hearing about this and to be honest, I have no idea what to think of it. Being an Aussie, I don't use Amazon but I can totally see why it'd suck to have to wait. But then again, both sides have said pretty valid things!

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    1. Very very true! Seems like that might be the reason why they can't figure out the decision because from business point of view, they are both correct

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  7. I had no idea this was even going on but wow, seems kind of rude on Amazon's part. It's not like they don't have the money or the resources to work an issue like this out. I don't pre-order but I know a lot of people do and this really sucks.

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    1. Exactly! They have millions (if not billions) of dollars to work this out and they're worried about $15 books that can't be preordered anymore? I mean it's not like they're going to have inventory left! Books from Hachette go out like crazy!

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  8. I've tried to understand how this whole shenanigan came about, and I don't really understand it. I mean, it's kind of like a high school drama??
    I just don't think it's fair to the authors, especially. Since pre-orders are really good for sales and give the publisher an indication of popularity and printing numbers, Amazon is being really mean.
    I hope they all still do okay.

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    1. YES!!! It's totally like high school drama. I really don't know why Amazon decided to do this. So stupid

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