|You should have seen this coming.|
My bad boy super reporter found a post about the Amazon/Hachette contract dispute. Ms. Lyons' post addresses the issues in the dispute from an interesting perspective. Instead of using the the two sided argument of Authors-Hachette vs. Amazon, she uses the three sided argument of Authors vs. (Hachette vs. Amazon).
Ms. Lyons points out that publishers (Hachette and others) long ago gave up book distribution. This gave rise to book distributors (Amazon and others). Authors have traditionally chosen to have nothing to do with either of these business models. Most authors have not looked at the changing landscape nor prepared for it. And therein lies authors' problems with the Amazon/Hachette contract dispute. Authors have no say in this dispute nor should they, as they have nothing to do with either the publishing side or the distribution side of this dispute.
Panzer says, "Didn't they ever hear of don't put all your eggs in one basket?"
To read C.J. Lyons' post, tootle over to Three Sides to This Fight?