HarperCollins at War with Amazon

HarperCollins at War with Amazon

With Amazon’s contract with HarperCollins on the eve of expiration, the retail giant and the publishing company are finding it difficult to see eye to eye—so much so, in fact, that HarperCollins is refusing to sign an agreement with the new terms Amazon has drafted, reports Business Insider.

If you’re getting an intense sense of déjà vu right now, I’m not surprised. Last year Amazon and Hachette went through a very similar—and public—dispute when the latter agency’s contract expired. After much arguing, the two parties finally came to an agreement that gave Hachette a good amount of control over pricing, and Amazon increased co-op funds. Both Simon & Schuster and Macmillan signed similar contracts.

The contract offered to HarperCollins is supposedly the same version signed by Simon & Schuster, Hachette, and Macmillan, but HarperCollins is not giving in. If the company doesn’t come to an agreement with Amazon, no versions (either print or digital) of books by HarperCollins will be sold on Amazon’s website.

Maybe HarperCollins saw this issue coming. Around July of 2014, the publisher started selling its books directly through its own website, which cut Amazon out of some of the sales. Jeremy Greenfield, Forbes contributor, stated that HarperCollins was “taking steps to build and strengthen alternate retail channels, grow in size, and create new business lines,” which in the end led to less reliance on Amazon.

What does everyone in the LitReactorVerse think? Should HarperCollins stand strong, or give into Amazon’s new terms?

Raine Winters

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Raine lives in Cleveland, Ohio and works as a freelance writer and graphic artist. From an early age she has harbored a love of reading and writing, and is lucky enough to incorporate both into her daily work routine. Raine is a lover of all things fantasy and horror related, has a soft spot in her heart for middle grade and young adult fiction, and spends most of her free time running, wakesurfing, or wrangling in her husband and three cats while they perpetrate a massive amount of mischief around the house.

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L.W. Flouisa's picture
L.W. Flouisa from Tennessee is reading More Murakami April 5, 2015 - 10:37am

I'm considering dropping Amazon for a multitude of reasons, not the least of which is control over pricing. I also thought the joke about computer generated fiction was done in poor taste.

Unless we're putting out romance novels--and even then, badly written ones not literary romance--authors styles are irreplaceable for the reason that a computer simply can't model after one style while the author is alive. The style always changes. So there is allot of subtext there Amazon isn't saying about authors.

The only reason I'm doing Amazon now is to do one final short story publish that doesn't work so well in graphic novel, then switch wholesale to Tapastic comics. Even though that's only donations and small change purchasing, a big online supermarket can't control pricing.

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Dwayne from Cincinnati, Ohio (suburbs) is reading books that rotate to often to keep this updated April 6, 2015 - 12:30pm

I hate to quote a country song...

There ain't no good guy - We Just Disagree by Jim Krueger