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Hachette vs. Amazon or Truth vs. Public Relations
June 5, 2014
In the ongoing noisy tussle between Hachette and Amazon, the New York publishing community (including some clueless writers) has managed to seize the bully pulpit. They frame this whole thing in the New York Times and USA Today and other giant conglomerate owned news outlets in a way that makes them look like the victims they are not.
For all their mistakes in the book industry over the past couple of decades, big publishers seem to have learned that you can botch a world of things, but if you seize control of the war of words you can at least make yourselves look like the abused party. In defiance of reality, their strategy seems to be to confuse the issues and obfuscate the facts well enough to appear victimized to the public. The big houses appear to have marshaled all their New York muscle in a PR campaign of huge proportions: "Look what that bad Amazon guy is doing to us. We're so helpless and so in the right, you must side with us."
Ludicrous. Look at the facts, and you won't find many of them in their sister companies owned by the same corporate masters.