Amazon said to play hardball in book contract talks with publishing house Hachette – The Washington Post

The shakeout–or is it shack down?–in the book publishing and distribution industry continues.

When monopolies win, sooner or later the customer (that would be us readers) loses.

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What makes the dispute between Amazon and Hachette different is that Amazon’s tactics have no obvious consumer benefit, a key antitrust consideration.

The group “deplores any attempt by any party that would seek to injure and punish innocent authors — and their innocent readers — in order to pursue its position in a business dispute. We believe that such actions are analogous to hostage-taking to extort concessions, and are just as indefensible.” — Gail Hochman, president of the Association of Authors’ Representatives

What kind of entity in a competitive market would willfully drive customers into the arms of its competitors unless it believes it doesn’t really have any competitors? Can you imagine Best Buy refusing to deliver for a period of weeks what’s available from its competitors? But Amazon behaves as though they’re the only game in town. And increasingly they are. It’s a head-scratcher why anyone with…

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A Book in Progress

Last year Gary Garner, senior pastor of Prevailing Word Ministries, Glen Allen, Virginia, asked me to develop a study of Paul’s letter to the Romans. He was so pleased with the result that he suggested we publish it, mostly to have it available to future generations of our members, not to make a big literary splash.

Because Living in the Spirit would have limited circulation, we contracted with a competent publisher of Christian books: CrossBooks. I’ve been working with their staff since January to bring the book to print.

Monday, February 17, I sent the manuscript to CrossBooks for their theological and editorial review.

Don’t expect to see it in print before this Summer.