Amazon and Hachette Settle Dispute With New Multiyear Deal
UPDATE: For the Record: Here’s the Full Text of the Joint Hachette and Amazon.com News Release
From the NY Times:
Amazon and Hachette announced Thursday morning that they have resolved their differences and signed a new multiyear contract, bringing to an official end one of the most bitter publishing conflicts in recent years.
Neither side gave details of the deal, but both pronounced themselves happy with the terms. Hachette gets the ability to set the prices on its e-books, which was a major battleground in the dispute.
Some titles are also being discounted again. For example, Amazon chose Michael Koryta’s Those Who Wish Me Dead (great book, recommend) as one of its best 100 books of 2014 earlier this week, but was selling the hardcover at its full list price of $26. As of Thursday, however, the hardcover was being sold for $16.90 and the Kindle edition for $9.09.
Today’s Amazon/Hachette news reminded me to mention a couple of resources for tracking book, ebook, and prices for every item in the Amazon database.
Take a look at eReaderIQ. Here you can track, visualize, and get alerts to price drops/increases for all titles in the Amazon database.
For example, here’s the page with graph and other data for Michael Koryta’s Those Who Wish Me Dead.
You can clearly see the price drop about two days ago.
Also, CamelCamelCamel offers the same services for hardcover books and EVERY OTHER item in the Amazon database. Here’s the entry and chart for the hardcover version of Those Who Wish Me Dead.
Again, note the recent price drop.
See Also: The Authors Guild Comments on Today’s News
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