Hachette UK reaches agreement with Amazon

<p>Hachette UK has &quot;reached an agreement&quot; with Amazon UK, allowing the two companies to resume normal business trading.</p><p>A dispute over terms has been ongoing since early 2008, with some key front and backlist titles from across the Hachette Group being available on the Amazon site only via third-party sellers.</p><p>In an email to HUK authors and UK agents this morning, Tim Hely Hutchinson, Hachette chief executive, said the agreement &quot;resolves the issues between us in ways that are in keeping with the principles and aims of both parties&quot;.</p><p>He added: &quot;Thus, our normal good business relationship with Amazon has been restored and all publishers in the HUK group have resumed normal trading with Amazon.&quot;</p><p>Hely Hutchinson paid tribute to &quot;the patience and understanding&quot; shown by Hachette&rsquo;s authors &quot;during these unusually lengthy discussions&quot;, adding &quot;both we and Amazon are determined to make up for lost time by maximising the sales we make together this year and in the future&quot;.</p><p>The publisher declined to comment further. </p><p>Mark Le Fanu, general secretary of the Society of Authors, said he was &quot;very pleased that this festering sore has been healed&quot;.</p><p>He added: &quot;Hachette authors will, I&rsquo;m sure, be delighted&mdash;relieved and delighted. I just hope, and assume, that Hachette has negotiated robustly on their behalf.&quot;<br /> </p><p>&nbsp;</p>