Amazon and Hachette: The dispute in 13 easy steps

Books at an Amazon warehouse. The retailer is in a dispute with publisher Hachette. (Ross D. Franklin / Associated Press)

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

6. What does Amazon say about it?
Amazon has not commented to The Times regarding this dispute other than to point us to a message-board posting in the Kindle discussion forums on its site. There, it explained that Hachette was one of its 70,000 suppliers and that the two had been unable to reach acceptable terms (without disclosing what was being negotiated).

6. What does Amazon say about it?
Amazon has not commented to The Times regarding this dispute other than to point us to a message-board posting in the Kindle discussion forums on its site. There, it explained that Hachette was one of its 70,000 suppliers and that the two had been unable to reach acceptable terms (without disclosing what was being negotiated).

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6. What does Amazon say about it?
Amazon has not commented to The Times regarding this dispute other than to point us to a message-board posting in the Kindle discussion forums on its site. There, it explained that Hachette was one of its 70,000 suppliers and that the two had been unable to reach acceptable terms (without disclosing what was being negotiated).

9. Where else would people go?
Barnes & Noble has 600 stores and its website; there are more than 2,000 independent booksellers nationwide; other retailers include Apple, Google and Kobo. Several, including Wal-Mart, Books-A-Million, Barnes & Noble and the e-book retailer Zola have set up special deals on Hachette titles to lure customers.

9. Where else would people go?
Barnes & Noble has 600 stores and its website; there are more than 2,000 independent booksellers nationwide; other retailers include Apple, Google and Kobo. Several, including Wal-Mart, Books-A-Million, Barnes & Noble and the e-book retailer Zola have set up special deals on Hachette titles to lure customers.

9. Where else would people go?
Barnes & Noble has 600 stores and its website; there are more than 2,000 independent booksellers nationwide; other retailers include Apple, Google and Kobo. Several, including Wal-Mart, Books-A-Million, Barnes & Noble and the e-book retailer Zola have set up special deals on Hachette titles to lure customers.

9. Where else would people go?
Barnes & Noble has 600 stores and its website; there are more than 2,000 independent booksellers nationwide; other retailers include Apple, Google and Kobo. Several, including Wal-Mart, Books-A-Million, Barnes & Noble and the e-book retailer Zola have set up special deals on Hachette titles to lure customers.

9. Where else would people go?
Barnes & Noble has 600 stores and its website; there are more than 2,000 independent booksellers nationwide; other retailers include Apple, Google and Kobo. Several, including Wal-Mart, Books-A-Million, Barnes & Noble and the e-book retailer Zola have set up special deals on Hachette titles to lure customers.

9. Where else would people go?
Barnes & Noble has 600 stores and its website; there are more than 2,000 independent booksellers nationwide; other retailers include Apple, Google and Kobo. Several, including Wal-Mart, Books-A-Million, Barnes & Noble and the e-book retailer Zola have set up special deals on Hachette titles to lure customers.

9. Where else would people go?
Barnes & Noble has 600 stores and its website; there are more than 2,000 independent booksellers nationwide; other retailers include Apple, Google and Kobo. Several, including Wal-Mart, Books-A-Million, Barnes & Noble and the e-book retailer Zola have set up special deals on Hachette titles to lure customers.

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