Stephen King Adds His Clout to Anti-Amazon Letter
Authors think Jeff Bezos is using bully business tactics
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 3, 2014 3:27 PM CDT
Stephen King in 2013.   (Francois Mori)

(Newser) – Stephen King, Nora Roberts, and Robert Caro are among the hundreds of authors who have added their names to an online letter criticizing Amazon.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. Readers were asked to email Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos at jeff@amazon.com and "tell him what you think."

Amazon has slowed delivery on books by Preston and other Hachette authors, limited discounts, and removed pre-order tags for upcoming releases. Other authors endorsing the letter include James Patterson, Andrew Solomon, and Scott Turow. Some on the list are Hachette writers, but many are published by rival companies. (Click to read how Stephen Colbert made his feelings clear on the issue.)

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iobamaislost
Jul 6, 2014 5:41 AM CDT
Why should anyone give a crap about Stephen King's opinion on anything?
Marilyn Woodell Evans
Jul 5, 2014 10:28 PM CDT
Frankly, I don't care, I will just buy my books where I always have at Barnes & Nobel.Who wants to do business with a millionaire who has never paid his investors a dime for their investments in his company? Not me
sandrae
Jul 4, 2014 10:16 PM CDT
First of all how did they manage to pull him out of seclusion? It's been so long, I cannot say 'oh, there's Stephen King.' I do not even recognize him. Did they catch up with the right guy? (...and that's a 2013 picture!)