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Authors, publishers say feud
with Amazon has escalated

Washington Post, by Steven Mufson

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Posted By:Dreadnought, 5/23/2014 11:33:49 PM

Meryl Gordon spent three years laboring over her latest book, “The Phantom of Fifth Avenue,” a tale of a wealthy heiress who became a recluse in her vast apartment overlooking New York City’s Central Park. It received good reviews in Publishers’ Weekly, and Kirkus and was doing well with pre-publication orders on Amazon. Until Thursday. That day, Amazon stopped taking advance orders and posted a notice saying “Currently Unavailable,” even though the publisher, Grand Central Publishing, said books are ready and available for shipping. Amazon said it would e-mail customers when the book becomes available. Amazon this week put the

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: seal010101, 5/23/2014 11:47:41 PM     (No. 9860045)

So, the libs who own and run Amazon use tactics they would ordinarily condemn?

Oh, well, I´m sure that this article in the Washington Post will take them to task.

You can count on the WP to really give it to big corporations. Lol.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: flowerladytoo, 5/24/2014 1:23:36 AM     (No. 9860095)

I love Amazon! I´m an avid reader and they almost always have a better price on books than B&N. My first ereader was a nook color, then an Nook HD which has the play store on it. I have a lot of nook books on it, but the big price increases caused me to stop buying books, for the most part, the last couple years. Recently found a solution when Amazon had a book in a series I was enjoying reading. Their price was almost $5 less than B&N. So now, I´ve installed the Kindle app on my Nook HD and read Kindle´s cheaper books. In this economy, I refuse to pay more for a book, especially an ebook, than I absolutely have to.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: AlbertusMagnus, 5/24/2014 7:03:46 AM     (No. 9860181)

I´ve stopped using Amazon.com because of their previous policy in publishing books advocating pedophilia. Barnes & Noble is a good alternative, or better yet, local bookstores.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Jennie C., 5/24/2014 7:09:23 AM     (No. 9860186)

I use B&N as well, because they have brick & mortar stores as well as their online presence.

The book mentioned in the 1st paragraph of this article is available at BN.com.

Did not know there is a Kindle app for my Nook, however. "They" are saying that the Nook format is the Betamax of ebooks, so I´ll have to look into that. Hope it works on my Nook Tablet

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Pinchem, 5/24/2014 7:34:10 AM     (No. 9860200)

#3...why HATE forever when they realized what happened and pulled those books out?

Do people hate you forever if you made a mistake and corrected it?


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Reply 6 - Posted by: thebeez, 5/24/2014 8:27:20 AM     (No. 9860245)

I find the prices for e-books to be outrageous. Why are they priced almost as much as hard copies. It goes from the author´s computer to the editor´s computer to the book company. Then when you order it it is magically transported to your nook or kindle. No human has ever touched it physically. No trees are cut down. No human printers setting a typesetter. No humans packing them into boxes and no drivers delivering them to stores. Almost no human labor costs at all. So why do they cost so much?

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