So a bunch of legacy authors--many of them smart and who should know better--just signed a letter accusing Amazon of things that simply make no sense.
Some of the usual suspects are at the forefront. James Patterson, who continues to show he has no clue about how his own industry works. Scott Turow, whose tenure as president of the Authors Guild amounted to being a shill for Big Publishing. Douglas Preston, who once supported windowing ebook titles and keeping prices high.
Preston recently said:
"If I were Jeff Bezos, the one thing I would fear most is if authors organized themselves and took broad, concerted, sustained, and dignified public action."
"If I were Jeff Bezos, I would know that legacy authors have no power, because they signed away their rights to their publishers. Patterson, Turow, and Preston couldn't remove their books from Amazon even if they wanted to. But, strangely, I don't hear any of them demanding it, or even mentioning it."
Naturally, I'm going to fisk this letter. Then I'm going to link to a different sort of letter for authors to sign. Hugh Howey and I, along with Barry Eisler and others, have been fiddling with this letter for the last 24 hours, and it explains to readers what's really happening with the Amazon/Hachette dispute.
But first, let's dispense some nonsense. The silly Douglas Preston letter is in bold italics, my responses in normal, level-headed font.