An unusually public battle is being waged between Amazon and one of America's top five publishers, Hachette. Why the rancor? Here's what you need to know.
1. What is Hachette?
Although Hachette publishes about 1,000 books a year, you've probably never heard of the company. Publishers are notoriously awful at branding, and Hachette, like the other four major publishers, is a conglomeration of imprints with different identities. Those imprints include Grand Central, Orbit, Hyperion and Little, Brown. Although you may not recognize those names either, you certainly will recognize some of the writers they publish.
2. Who do they...