Amazon: Business As Usual? New York Public Library Industry Debate | VIDEO

If you follow the latest news in the publishing world, you can’t escape the current debate surrounding the fractured negotiations between Hachette and Amazon. In April this year, Amazon and Hachette began discussions and despite limited comment from the pair, and one or two leaks to the media, the public and industry alike still have a great deal to say. Amazon removed the pre-order option on Hachette books, imposed shipping delays, and even encouraged its customers to buy Hachette books from other retailers.

From the New York Public Library’s preview to yesterday’s debate:
But the story of the Amazon-Hachette dispute is anything but simple, and raises critical questions about the future of the book publishing industry. What is really at stake for the companies, authors and readers? What larger issues of free-market capitalism and free speech are at play? And what does the Amazon-Hachette dispute reveal about the future of the publishing industry in the age of e-books? Authors, agents, and publishers take to the LIVE from the NYPL stage to tackle these urgent questions in a conversation moderated by Tina Bennett, literary agent at WME.
Guests included: best-selling author James Patterson; Morgan Entrekin, publisher and president of Grove Atlantic; Bob Kohn, attorney and founder of EMusic.com; Tim Wu, law professor and theorist of “net neutrality;” and Danielle Allen, political theorist, author of a new book on the Declaration of Independence and elected chair of the Pulitzer Prize Board; David Vandagriff, intellectual property lawyer and editor of The Passive Voice blog.
You can watch the recorded event below.
Personally, I found it pretty much deliberately tipped in favour of established publishers and there is no panel representation of independent authors.

Mick Rooney – Publishing Consultant

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