Amazon comments on dispute with Hachette US
Amazon has released a statement about its dispute over sales terms with Hachette US. In the statement, Amazon confirmed it is buying less print stock from Hachette and is no longer taking pre-orders on forthcoming titles. ‘Instead, customers can order new titles when their publication date arrives,’ said the statement, which also encourages customers to ‘purchase a new or used version from one of our third-party sellers or from one of our competitors’. Amazon confirmed it has not reached a ‘mutually-acceptable agreement on terms’ with Hachette US ‘despite much work from both sides’. It also indicated the dispute will be ongoing: ‘though we remain hopeful and are working hard to come to a resolution as soon as possible, we are not optimistic that this will be resolved soon.’ As previously reported by Books+Publishing, Amazon removed the pre-order button from Hachette titles in May, and Hachette has accused Amazon of ‘discouraging’ customers from buying its books by delaying delivery.
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