"Books, in my view, are too expensive," Bezos said on Tuesday during an interview held at Business Insider's Ignition conference in New York. "You know, $30 for a book, is too expensive."
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Bezos complaint about the high price for a new hardcover book follows a very bitter fight between Amazon, the world's largest online retailer and bookseller, and Hachette, a unit of France's Lagardere SCA and the fourth-largest U.S. book publisher.
The dispute, which occupied much of 2014, centered on which company would control the right to set prices for e-books, and how much Amazon would take in for any sale made on its website. After refusing to post several Hachette titles among its book listings, Amazon and the publisher announced a multi-year agreement on Nov. 13.
Amazon Vice President of Kindle David Naggar said in a statement issued at the time, that the agreement included "specific financial incentives for Hachette to deliver lower prices, which we believe will be a great win for readers and authors alike."
At the root of the feud was the cost of a book, a product for which Amazon has long insisted that publishers charge too high a price. Bezos, in an interview with Business Insider co-founder Henry Blodget, argued that books no longer compete with other books for the leisure time attention of consumers.