UPDATES with more information: More than 900 authors including heavyweights Stephen King and John Grisham lent their names to a Sunday New York Times ad decrying Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos for pressure tactics hurting writers published by Hachette. The Paris-based owner of Little, Brown, Grand Central, Hyperion and other publishers is locked in a very public pricing battle with the online retailer. While Amazon has repeatedly said it tries to bring consumers the lowest price, the writers pointed to thuggish tactics to delay shipping and convince its customers to read authors not published by those imprints.
“As writers — most of us not published by Hachette — 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,” the authors write in the ad, which took up two full pages. “It is not right for Amazon to single out a group of authors, who are not involved in the dispute, for selective retaliation.”
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