It feels like James Patterson JUST announced his latest book and now he has announced that his latest book, “The Murder of Stephen King” has been cancelled. Reportedly, the book was about a stalker reenacting the horrors from King’s books on the author himself.
In a statement to The Associated Press, Patterson said:
My book is a positive portrayal of a fictional character, and, spoiler alert, the main character is not actually murdered. Nevertheless, I do not want to cause Stephen King or his family any discomfort. Out of respect for them, I have decided not to publish The Murder of Stephen King.
Though Patterson says the novella was meant as a tribute to King, it always seemed in odd taste considering the two aren’t exactly friends. In the past, King has said of Patterson that he’s “a terrible writer but he’s very successful.”
King has not commented publicly on the book.
The ongoing dispute between Amazon and the publisher Hachette Book Group has gone even further. Amazon has finally decided to tell their side. The dispute originated over pricing. Amazon has been putting pressure on Hachette to renew their contract by delaying shipments and reducing discounts by not taking preorders on any titles.
Russ Grandinetti, Amazon’s senior vice president of Kindle content, spoke with The Wall Street Journal claiming that the online retailer is merely acting “in the long-term interest of our customers.”
Yeah. Sure, Amazon.
“This discussion is all about e-book pricing,” he continued. “The terms under which we trade will determine how good the prices are that we can offer consumers.”
Amazon continues to piss off authors everywhere with their tactics even high-profile authors such as James Patterson and Stephen Colbert. Patterson said in May that “Amazon wants to control book buying, book selling and even book publishing.”
Colbert went even further to encourage viewers to buy books from other places such as directly from publishers websites or vendors and to also print out stickers saying “I didn’t buy it on Amazon.”
Grandinetti did not comment to the WSJ about the current state of negotiations with Hachette.
James Patterson, the best-selling author behind dozens and dozens of books, recently spoke out against the online retailer, Amazon, for hurting the publishing industry. Patterson said he believes “the future of our literature is in danger.”
His remarks came while accepting an award at BookExpo America, for championing small bookstores around the United States (and world.)
“Amazon wants to control book buying, book selling and even book publishing,” Patterson said, adding that the company “sounds like the beginning of a monopoly.”
Patterson also called out the media and U.S. government for basically turning a blind eye to Amazon’s actions. He specifically mentioned BEA’s media partners, including USA TODAY. (Though USA TODAY wrote an article about the controversy in the past week.)
Currently, Amazon is in the middle of a legal battle with Patterson’s publisher, Hachette Book Group. The fight revolves around a pricing dispute where the company has deliberately limited the supply of books from Hachette, including titles from Patterson and J.K. Rowling (writing as Robert Galbraith).