More than thousand authors from Germany, Australia and Switzerland have criticized and objected to Amazon’s strategies followed in its pricing battle with Bonnier. The writers have signed an open letter that states that Amazon has been unfair by displaying its recommended reading lists. The letter also blames Amazon for fake shortage of Bonnier-published books as a planned move to clash with the Swedish publisher regarding pricing of ebooks.
The letter says: “The delivery of the books is being subjected to a go-slow ; false information is given about their availability; and the authors' names no longer appear on Amazon's recommended lists". It also includes, “Amazon has no right to take hostage authors who are not directly involved in the conflict.”
Almost 1,000 writers in the US have also signed a letter against Amazon where they have vehemently protested against the company’s tactics.
Austrian Nobel literature prize laureate Elfriede Jelinek, head of the German PEN writers' association Regula Venske and others have signed a letter which states: “In the past few months, Bonnier authors are being boycotted and their books no longer held in stock".
Clearing its stand, Amazon said that terms of publishers are unjustified and that Bonnier's prices are expensive which makes selling digital copies difficult in comparison to printed books. Amazon thinks ebooks must be sold at a price lesser than their print versions.