Amazon publishes Hachette CEO’s email address in pricing spat

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NEW YORK: Amazon revealed on Saturday the email address of the American head of publishing group Hachette, urging readers to pressure him in writing to end the two groups’ simmering dispute over book pricing.

The move came after more than 900 authors signed a letter urging the US online giant Amazon to end its battle with Hachette.

“We will never give up our fight for reasonable e-book prices. We know making books more affordable is good for book culture,” a letter posted by Amazon on readersunited.com read.

“We’d like your help. Please email Hacheatte and copy us.”

In addition to providing the email address of Hachette Book Group CEO Michael Pietsch, the letter also listed talking points for readers to include in their emails to him.

The American online retailer even suggests accusing Pietsch of “illegal collusion.”

“Please stop working so hard to overcharge for e-books. They can and should be less expensive,” given the lack of printing, stocking and shipping costs for e-books, the Amazon letter added in its talking points.

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