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Top authors slam Amazon in campaign

Several top notch authors such as Stephen King and Douglas Preston have rallied together in a campaign against e-retail giant Amazon.

In a letter against Amazon, over 900 authors have signed a petition that claims that Amazon is behaving unjustly in a commercial dispute with the book publisher Hachette .The letter also ran as a full-page advert in the New York Times yesterday.

“Amazon has done something unusual,” read the letter.

“It has directly targeted Hachette’s authors in an effort to force their publisher to agree to its terms.”

The authors claim that the retailer has boycotted Hachette’s authors by refusing to accept pre-orders on Hachette authors’ books and eBooks, claiming they are “unavailable”; refusing to discount the prices of many of Hachette authors’ books and slowing down delivery of the books. Amazon was also accused of suggesting on some Hachette authors’ pages that readers might prefer a book from a non-Hachette author instead.

“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. It is not right for Amazon to single out a group of authors, who are not involved in the dispute, for selective retaliation. Moreover, by inconveniencing and misleading its own customers with unfair pricing and delayed delivery, Amazon is contradicting its own written promise to be ‘Earth’s most customer-centric company’,” the letter read.

Marketing has reached out to Amazon for a statement.

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