Amazon Has Escalated Its Scorched-Earth War With A Big Book Publisher

first_imgAmazon is actively refusing orders and discouraging people from buying books from the publisher Hachette, the New York Times reports. The pressure tactics reportedly stem from failed contract negotiations between Amazon and Hachette; authors have been feeling the pressure for months.One of the books affected is Brad Stone’s The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon, a book that Amazon apparently didn’t like much. Amazon has listed it as “unavailable” on its website. (Readers, however, seem to like the book—it currently has a 4.5 star rating.)It’s not just Stone’s book that’s suffering. Amazon has started refusing orders for other Hachette titles, including J.K. Rowling’s new novel. The Amazon listing pages for some other Hachette books have disappeared entirely. These tactics follow months in which Amazon has trimmed customer discounts, extended shipping times and sometimes suggested alternative titles in order to disadvantage Hachette titles.It wasn’t that long ago that Amazon was on the defensive. Last year, Apple was found guilty of conspiring with publishers to raise e-book prices in order to undercut Amazon.Original image by Carl Malamud on Flickr; edited by Selena Larson for ReadWrite A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… selena larson 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Tags:#Amazon#Apple#author#ebooks#Hachette#Jeff Bezos#publishing last_img read more

In jail, Karnan lives off fish curry and law

first_imgIt is now more than two months since former Calcutta High Court judge C.S. Karnan was arrested and lodged in Kolkata’s Presidency Jail. The controversial former judge, who reportedly threatened police officers with legal action when they came to arrest him in Coimbatore in June, appears to have mellowed with time. Justice Karnan was awarded a six-month prison sentence by the Supreme Court for contempt of court in May 2017.Overcoming the initial despondency of his first few days in jail, Justice Karnan is now mostly in a jovial mood, sources said. “He is treated with respect by the jail officials and inmates alike, and is on cordial terms with them,” Justice Karnan’s lawyer Mathews J. Nedumpara told The Hindu. Time passes rather more leisurely in jail, unlike the days he spent at his Kolkata residence mostly occupied with the contempt motion initiated against him by the Supreme Court, and in briefing the press on it. With ample time on his hands, he has “gone back to his days as a law student.” Lawyer’s robe“Now Justice Karnan spends his days mostly reading judgements and books on law, in his preparation to work as a lawyer after his release,” said Mr. Nedumpara.Justice Karnan has also developed a taste for Bengali food in jail, especially rice and fish curry, which has made matters easier for him since they are common to both south Indian and Bengali food.last_img read more