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Jeff Bezos’s reading list gets shorter still

By Muckety

September 29, 2014 at 8:35am

The literary world’s response to the battle between Amazon and Hachette is reaching near-epic proportions.

As David Streitfeld writes in the New York Times, such big names as Philip Roth, Salman Rushdie and V.S. Naipaul have joined the protest against the nation’s biggest online book seller.

The interactive Muckety map above shows some of the major writers supporting the effort, organized by a group called Authors United.

The protest was launched after Amazon, pressing for a bigger take on the sale of e-books, began discouraging buyers from ordering books published by Hachette. It stopped selling some Hachette books, delayed deliveries of others and stopped taking advance orders.

As negotiations between the two companies grind on, more writers, including many who are not published by Hachette, have joined the protest.

“It’s very clear to me, and to those I represent, that what Amazon is doing is very detrimental to the publishing industry and the interests of authors,” literary agent Andrew Wylie told the Times. “If Amazon is not stopped, we are facing the end of literary culture in America.”

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