July 24, 2014
Stephen King, Donna Tart sign anti-Amazon letter
NEW YORK — Stephen King, Nora Roberts and Donna Tartt are among the hundreds of authors who have added their names to an online letter criticizing Ama-zon.com for restricting access to works published by Hachette Book Group. The letter, initiated by Hachette author Douglas Preston, urged Amazon to resolve its standoff with Hachette over e-book prices and other issues. Amazon has slowed delivery on books by Preston and other Hachette authors, limited discounts and removed pre-order tags for upcoming releases.
In a telephone interview yesterday, Preston said he was receiving so many emails of support that he felt like “a data entry clerk.” Known for such thrillers as Blasphemy and The Codex, Preston said he admired Amazon but objected to Amazon’s “scorched earth tactics.”
“A lot of pain is being inflicted on innocent third parties,” he said, referring to authors whose books have been affected.
Preston’s next book, The Lost Island, is a collaboration with Lincoln Child that comes out in August. Only the audio edition can be pre-ordered. “We take seriously and regret the impact it has when, a terms dispute with a publisher affects authors. We look forward to resolving this issue with Hachette as soon as possibleread a statement issued by Amazon. ”
Other authors endorsing the letter include James Patterson, Andrew Solomon, Scott Turow, best-selling novelists such as King and Roberts, prize-winning historians such as Robert Caro and Taylor Branch, children’s authors Laurie Halse Anderson and Mary Pope Osborne, Pulitzer Prize winner Tartt and memoir writers Elizabeth Gilbert and Mary Karr.