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Hachette seeks Amazon terms that 'value' authors' and publishers' roles

NEW YORK--French publishing giant Hachette said Wednesday it wants to make peace with online retail titan Amazon, but on terms that “value” the role of authors and their publishers.

In the latest response in the weeks-old dispute between the two, Hachette said it would keep up negotiating efforts with Amazon.

“We will spare no effort to resume normal business relations with Amazon — which has been a great partner for years — but under terms that value appropriately for the years ahead the author's unique role in creating books, and the publisher's role in editing, marketing, and distributing them,” Hachette Book Group said in an email to AFP.

“Once we have reached such an agreement, we will be happy to discuss with Amazon its ideas about compensating authors for the damage its demand for improved terms may have done them, and to pass along any payments it considers appropriate.”

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