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bezos3Amazon.com is facing another PR backlash over its ongoing dispute with publisher Hachette as a group of more than 900 authors have signed a letter demanding that the Seattle online retailer resolve the fight, and live up to its corporate mantra of “Earth’s most customer-centric company.”

The group, operating under the name Author’s United, plans to reprint the letter in a full page ad in The New York Times this Sunday. The letter reprints the email address of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, and asks readers to email him with their thoughts.

“It is not right for Amazon to single out a group of authors, who are not involved in the dispute, for selective retaliation,” the letter reads. “Moreover, by inconveniencing and misleading its own customers with unfair pricing and delayed delivery, Amazon is contradicting its own written promise to be “Earth’s most customer-centric company.”

Author Douglas Preston, who initially penned the letter and is published by Hachette, tells The New York Times that Amazon.com has “turned its back” on authors.

Amazon.com issued this statement to The New York Times about the latest salvo from the authors, many of whom are not published through Hachette.

“First, Hachette was willing to break the law to get higher e-book prices, and now they’re determined to keep their own authors in the line of fire in order to achieve that same end. Amazon has made three separate proposals to take authors out of the middle, all of which Hachette has quickly dismissed.”

Comedian Stephen Colbert— whose books are published through Hachette — blasted Amazon earlier this year. In the June episode, Colbert ripped Jeff Bezos — comparing him to Lord Voldermort, the villain in Harry Potter — and finished the piece by giving Amazon.com the middle finger through a packaging box. With both hands.

He has not signed the letter, but many other notable authors have joined fight, including Jon Krakauer, Sherman Alexie, Scott Turow, Nora Roberts and Malcolm Gladwell.

Previously on GeekWire: Amazon: Why $9.99 e-books are better for everyone, including HachetteAmazon wants to give 100% of revenue to e-book authors as Hachette dispute continues

Here is the full letter:

Amazon is involved in a commercial dispute with the book publisher Hachette , which owns Little, Brown, Grand Central Publishing, and other familiar imprints. These sorts of disputes happen all the time between companies and they are usually resolved in a corporate back room.

But in this case, Amazon has done something unusual. It has directly targeted Hachette’s authors in an effort to force their publisher to agree to its terms.

For the past several months, Amazon has been:

–Boycotting Hachette authors, by refusing to accept pre-orders on Hachette authors’ books and eBooks, claiming they are “unavailable.”

–Refusing to discount the prices of many of Hachette authors’ books.

–Slowing the delivery of thousands of Hachette authors’ books to Amazon customers, indicating that delivery will take as long as several weeks on most titles.

–Suggesting on some Hachette authors’ pages that readers might prefer a book from a non-Hachette author instead.

As writers–most of us not published by Hachette–we feel strongly that no bookseller should block the sale of books or otherwise prevent or discourage customers from ordering or receiving the books they want. It is not right for Amazon to single out a group of authors, who are not involved in the dispute, for selective retaliation. Moreover, by inconveniencing and misleading its own customers with unfair pricing and delayed delivery, Amazon is contradicting its own written promise to be “Earth’s most customer-centric company.”

Many of us have supported Amazon since it was a struggling start-up. Our books launched Amazon on the road to selling everything and becoming one of the world’s largest corporations. We have made Amazon many millions of dollars and over the years have contributed so much, free of charge, to the company by way of cooperation, joint promotions, reviews and blogs. This is no way to treat a business partner. Nor is it the right way to treat your friends. Without taking sides on the contractual dispute between Hachette and Amazon, we encourage Amazon in the strongest possible terms to stop harming the livelihood of the authors on whom it has built its business. None of us, neither readers nor authors, benefit when books are taken hostage. (We’re not alone in our plea: the opinion pages of both the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, which rarely agree on anything, have roundly condemned Amazon’s corporate behavior.)

We call on Amazon to resolve its dispute with Hachette without further hurting authors and without blocking or otherwise delaying the sale of books to its customers.

We respectfully ask you, our loyal readers, to email Jeff Bezos, CEO and founder of Amazon, at [email protected], and tell him what you think. He says he genuinely welcomes hearing from his customers and claims to read all emails at that account. We hope that, writers and readers together, we will be able to change his mind.

Sincerely,

Megan Abbott
Robert H. Abel
Rachael Acks
William M. Adler
Elisa Albert
William Alexander
Sherman Alexie
Mike Allen
Jonathan Ames
Laurie Halse Anderson
Roger Angle
Carol Anshaw
Anne Applebaum
Debby Applegate
Kelley Armstrong
Rilla Askew
Rick Atkinson
James David Audlin
Paul Auster
Ellis Avery
Avi
Barbe Awalt
Gillian Bagwell
Blake Bailey
Deirdre Bair
Jo Baker
Kevin Baker
Mishell Baker
David Baldacci
Melissa Bank
Linwood Barclay
Evelyn Barish
Juliana Barnet
Rebecca Barnhouse
Nevada Barr
Quentin Bates
Elif Batuman
Douglas Bauer
Erica Bauermeister
Cris Beam
Greg Bear
James Beauregard
Antony Beevor
Adam Begley
Louis Begley
Hilari Bell
Madison Smartt Bell
Martine Bellen
Sam Bellotto Jr.
Aimee Bender
Karen E. Bender
Lou J. Berger
Daniel Bergner
Bob Berman
Anne Bernays
Suzanne Berne
Steve Berry
Lauren Beukes
Clara Bingham
Lisa Birnbach
Michael Bishop
Lauren Bjorkman
Holly Black
Shayla Black
Grant Blackwood
Linda M. Bland
Meredith Bland
David W. Blight
Carole Bloom
Cas Blomberg
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Judy Blundell
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