More than 1,100 German authors protest Amazon’s treatment of book publisher Bonnier

Very interesting. Amazon was born to sell books, now sells pretty much everything on the planet. What if the books simply go away?

Gigaom

While Amazon and Hachette’s contract battle drags on in the U.S., a similar fight is taking place in Germany between Amazon and book publisher Bonnier. Now 1,188 German, Austrian and Swiss authors have taken a cue from their U.S. counterparts and signed an open letter to Amazon, accusing the retailer of “using authors and their books as leverage” to force larger discounts on ebooks.

Amazon has been delaying Bonnier book shipments (as a result of keeping fewer Bonnier titles in stock). The letter also accuses [company]Amazon[/company] of removing Bonnier titles from “Customers Also Bought/Viewed” lists, thus harming discoverability of new authors and misleading customers. The letter is set to run in German, Austrian and Swiss publications Monday, according to the New York Times. “Discussions and demonstrations” are apparently also planned for the Frankfurt Book Fair in October.

Book prices in Germany are fixed, so discounting ebooks isn’t allowed…

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