I agree with David in principle and I, too, believe this is an important issue. I have espoused (and continue to espouse) similar thoughts. However, I object to the repeated and tiresome use of the term “the media,” which has become an over-used cliche often employed by Rush Limbaugh and his ilk. This term has become just another stereotype for laying blame where no other target seems to be available, and it weakens one’s argument, IMHO.
The media is more concerned with one-sided accounts of Amazon’s perceived actions – when no one really knows the exact nature of the dispute.
The media is more concerned with what Amazon might do in the future, than actual author exploitation by the world’s largest trade publisher: Penguin Random House.
Penguin Random House owns the world’s largest vanity press – Author Solutions – which is currently subject to a class action for deceptive business practices, breach of contract, unjust enrichment, and violation of business statutes in California, New York, and Colorado.
The court papers cover the same ground that I’ve been blogging about for the last three years, that Writer Beware has spent even longer documenting, and others like Emily Suess and Mick Rooney have covered in extensive detail.
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