Amazon complains about news coverage it won’t comment on

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Amazon has finally broken its silence about its dispute with Hachette: “we are not optimistic that this will be resolved soon,” a post by the Amazon Books Team, on Amazon, says.

The statement is remarkable in several ways,” David Streitfeld, who’s covered the dispute for The New York Times, writes, among them that the company suggests customers who want Hachette product not in stock “purchase a new or used version from one of our third-party sellers or from one of our competitors.”

Here’s one more rather remarkable part of the statement: Amazon says the dispute has “generated a variety of coverage, presumably in part because the negotiation is with a book publisher instead of a supplier of a different type of product. Some of the coverage has expressed a relatively narrow point of view.”

Text italicized by me to convey the disbelief anyone who’s followed this story may be experiencing. Here’s a quick history of Amazon’s efforts before this statement to mitigate that narrow point of view:

  • “An Amazon spokesman did not respond to a message about Ms. Heller’s complaints.” (May 9)
  • “Amazon seems confident the uproar will soon die down and it will get what it wants. It declined to comment.” (May 16)
  • “Amazon is, as usual, staying mum. ‘We talk when we have something to say,’ Jeffrey P. Bezos, the founder and chief executive, said at the company’s annual meeting this week.” (May 23)

The company points to “one post that offers a wider perspective,” on the blog The Cockeyed Pessimist. Discussion of Amazon’s post on Amazon, though, is closed.

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  • Chris hall

    Amazon’s P/E ratio today is 479.15. The Home Depot is 20.32 and they have the expense of 2,000 stores, sales tax in all 50 states and many other fixed expenses that Amazon doesn’t have. A company with such a tiny profit margin selling everything at prices WalMart would shudder at shouldn’t be playing chicken with any of its suppliers. In my opinion.

  • http://www.jphotog.com Hrunga Zmuda

    Amazon wants the blogosphere to collude with them in establishing a monopolistic grip on the publishing industry so they can Walmart them out of existence. The light of day is their enemy. The Department of Justice did not prosecute the real bad buy in the eBook case. Bezos has deep ties with the current administration and he’s getting exactly what he wants. And what he wants should be obvious. Just like what Standard Oil, IBM and AT&T wanted in their own times. And don’t forget Gannett, and now Comcast. They don’t believe in competition. They believe in oligarchies that continue to destroy competition for their own personal enrichment at the expense of consumers.

  • marcintosh

    This seems like a great opportunity for other retailers to take on Amazon.