Amazon: Hachette Price defends agree eBook

The publisher Hachette Book Group (HBG), American subsidiary of Lagardère, on Sunday hit back at allegations of an agreement on prices eBook released by Amazon.

“Hachette sets the price of e-book only, without any agreement with anyone,” he wrote in a letter to readers Michael Pietsch, CEO of HBG, whose email address was reported Saturday by Amazon.

The retail giant on Saturday urged readers to write to Pietsch to demand a single price of e-books, one of his claims in the tense commercial negotiations both parties hold for several months.

“We set our prices well below the prices of the classic book, taking into account the savings for printing and distribution,” Pietsch said in the letter.

After receiving more than 900 letters, some of them well-known writers – Stephen King, Douglas Preston and John Grisham, among others, urging Amazon to end his battle with Hachette, online retailers fought Saturday for help to readers stand on the premise that literature reaches the widest possible audience.

Avoiding frontal attacks, Hachette crumbled Sunday the arguments of American Shipper.

“The conflict began because Amazon wants to get a lot of benefits and a big market share at the expense of authors, booksellers and us,” complained Pietsch, ensuring that Hachette is an industry where talent is “respected “and a long list of titles are accessible to the public.

Amazon and argue Hachette several tense months ago United States trade negotiations. To pressure the publisher, the online retailer has reduced its inventory of Hachette and have stopped taking orders for books from their authors.

The giant online distribution also said he wanted a single price of $ 9.99 for e-books, against current between 12.99 and 19.99 dollars.

“Over 80% of e-books that we publish are sold at $ 9.99 or below,” replied Pietsch.

He continued: “We know from experience that it’s not the same price for all ebooks and not all e-books worth $ 9.99.”

Pietsch explained, for example, that Hachette invests heavily in some books and authors in the form of advances for years before recovering the lower income.