A battle between the publishing side and the retail side is forming overseas. Amazon has stopped selling new copies of some Hackette Livre UK’s most popular titles such as books from Stephen King, James Patterson, and Alexander McCall Smith. Amazon lists the books but the only way to order the book is through the second hand seller market. The “buy” button is gone from these pages. Hachette says that Amazon is doing this to force Hachette to give up a greater percentage of the profits.
It will be a serious test of fortitude for authors and publishers to take a stand against Amazon. I tell you that if the publishing industry took a stand in the US against Amazon for arbitrarily removing the “buy” button from author pages, I would delete Amazon from our site as well even though it would represent the loss of the only revenue Dear Author receives.