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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