It's been awhile since we posted about SPECTRE. Seemed as if no one was paying attention and there were no astonishing stories to write about. Recently that changed:
This facet of the SPECTRE Saga started earlier this month. From David Streitfield at the NYTimes on May 8: Hachette Says Amazon is Delaying Delivery of Some Books. He followed it up on May 9 with Writers Feel an Amazon-Hachette Spat
On May 16, again from Streitfield: Amazon vs. Hachette: When Does Discouragement Become Misrepresentation?
From the May 21 Seattle Times, Jay Green wrote Bezos expects 10,000 robots at Amazon warehouses by 2015. What does that mean for the warehouse humans? Fewer human workers means less payroll, less payroll spent in the locations of the warehouses, less economic flow out from the company but maybe Wall Street will finally see the profits it seems to be ambivalent about when it comes to SPECTRE.
From today's (May 23) Publisher's Weekly: Amazon Ramps Up War with Hachette
From Time's website today (May 23), Amazon is Cracking Down on Publisher, Say Critics
From Tom McCarthy atThe Guardian (May 23), in writing about authors who have been affected by this mess, sighted this from Jeffery Deaver: “'Because of a dispute with Hachette Book Group, which publishes The Skin Collector, Amazon has chosen to attempt to intimidate publisher, authors and readers alike by significantly reducing purchase price discounts of my books and those written by other Hachette authors,' Deaver wrote on his Facebook page earlier this month."
The Christian Science Monitor (May 23) reports: Amazon takes 'buy' buttons off upcoming Hachette titles
Consumer Affairs reports (May 23) Amazon stops selling Hachette book titles:Is this in retaliation for Hachette publishing an unflattering account of the company? and asks What does Amazon.com have against Hachette Book Group?
Finally, we'll leave it up to the American Booksellers Association (May 22) to note the obvious: