Have you heard about the war between online retail giant Amazon and publishing giant Hachette? You haven’t? Well, neither did I, because I don’t read books. Because books are for nerds, amiright? But now, because of this video from comedian, author, musician, snappy dresser Dave Hill, I totally know about said war. I also read some articles – two, to be exact – about the millions who have died due to this bloody conflict, so I feel I’m more than qualified to sum up the goings on between these two industry powerhouses.
Here’s the deal: Amazon and Hachette – they publish the likes of JK Rowling, James Patterson and Malcolm Gladwell – haven’t been able to agree on e-book prices. As a result, Amazon has not offered its usual discounts for Hachette books and has even set Hachette book shipping dates at weeks instead of their usual 3-7 days. Pretty mature, Amazon! What’s worse is that Amazon really hasn’t been super transparent about their actions. And that’s where this video picks up.
It seems Dave Hill has been hired as Amazon’s new vice president in charge of fulfillment. He, along with iconic host Dick Cavett and the aforementioned Malcolm Gladwell explore the Amazon-Hachette situation. Check out the proceedings below!