Amazon wants readers to join ongoing dispute with publisher Hachette

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Amazon has fired its latest shot in what has become a protracted battle with book publisher Hachette. The retailer has published an open letter to readers admonishing Hachette for refusing to agree to a new contract. In it, Amazon paints the publisher as a big business that’s set in its old-fashioned ways, likening Hachette to the publishers of old that fought to suppress cheap paperback books in the ‘30s.

The online retailer is seeking new contract terms with Hachette that would see most ebooks sell for $9.99 or less. It also wants a 30 percent cut, an amount that the company says Hachette itself originally proposed in 2010. Amazon echoes an earlier letter, saying that $14.99 to $19.99, the current price of many ebooks being released…

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