One of the reasons why I wanted Hachette to be forthcoming when I started asking about the shipping issues (many moons before the news became public) was because I had already guessed that Amazon was flexing some muscle in a contract negotiation.
So confirming it wasn’t telling me anything I didn’t probably already know…
But also so I could tell Hachette and the editors that my authors and I were firmly on their side and hugely supportive of what they were having to face.
Amazon – I have been very appreciative of the many changes you’ve already created in publishing but now you are just being a big old fat hypocrite.
Because your motto is customer first, always.
Well, this kind of hardball in no way serves your customers. It hurts authors (whom you claim to support) and you deserve the public fall-out that this spat creates.