Hachette respond to the UK Agency

The Bookseller have posted the follow up justification that Hachette are using for justify their switch to the agency model:

"While the process of their introduction may seem a bit bossy, the point of agency terms is to create a level playing field for large and small booksellers alike and we believe most people will quickly come to understand that the outcome is supportive and fair to all".

Um, no. Forcing ebookstores to sell at you price is not fair to customers. From the other side of the counter it looks like a colossal "screw you".

P.S. If I ever get the chance, I will return the favor.

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader:"I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

1 Comment on Hachette respond to the UK Agency

  1. We do have the chance to return the favor. My purchases of books from the U.S. publishers who use the agency pricing model are down to almost nothing. (There’s the occasional one I just can’t resist.)

    I’m learning to love authors I would never have tried from publishers who aren’t so misguided as to use that model.

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