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1,000 European authors sign open letter to Amazon over e-books
1,000 European authors sign open letter to Amazon over e-books

Like 900 of their American counterparts, 1,000 authors in Germany, Austria and Switzerland have signed an open letter to Amazon arguing for fair treatment of all publishers' e-books. The European authors are concerned over actions Amazon has taken against books published by the Bonnier Group. The New York Times reported that the letter reads, “Amazon’s customers have, until now, had the impression that these lists are not manipulated and they could trust Amazon. Apparently that is not the case. ... Amazon manipulates recommendation lists. Amazon uses authors and their books as a bargaining chip to exact deeper [e-book] discounts.” The letter appeared in German,...

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