Aimee Picchi: ​Amazon says Hachette dispute won’t end quickly

Aimee Picchi is a writer for CBS Moneywatch, and yesterday, she covered the ongoing Amazon.com/Hachette problems:

The publishing world has been in an uproar over a dispute between Amazon.com (AMZN) and publisher Hachette, with writers and readers caught in the middle. The standoff escalated last week, with Amazon pulling pre-order buttons from well-known writers such as J.K. Rowling and Michael Connelly.

As rumblings about the dispute circulated through the publishing world, alarming writers and their readers, Amazon remained largely silent. On Tuesday, however, the retailer said in a statement that it is “not optimistic this will be resolved soon,” and added that the company was negotiating “on behalf of customers.” In the meantime, authors whose books are published by Hachette are caught in the middle, and some readers are urging a boycott of Amazon.

Read the entire article here.

This impacts a number of science fiction authors, such as Will McIntosh (who’s book Defenders you should go run out and buy) and James S.A. Corey (who’s book Leviathan Wakes we’re reading next week!) through Orbit Books, an imprint of Hachette . It’s really too bad to see authors getting caught in the middle of these negotiations, because they really have nothing to do with it.

Something I’m a little annoyed to not see here is our local bookstore community standing up and really shouting from the rooftops that they’re really a better alternative to Amazon. Phoenix Books in Burlington and Essex made a major splash with the opening of their Burlington branch with their anti-Amazon stance, and I know that bookstores such as Bear Pond Books and others have issues with a retailer that makes their lives harder. What we’d like to see from them (as an industry) is a big push to get the word out that they often have these books on their shelves, and that they can often order the books for you quickly, without shipping costs. We buy a lot of books from local stores, and from here on out, we’ll be making it a priority to get more books through them.