secret campaign" against publisher Hatchette. Specifically that they deliberately inflating the price of Hachette books and delaying their delivery to customers. This includes books by the imprints Grand Central Publishing, Orbit, and Little Brown.
I generally find accustaions of this type unconvincing. But in this case they are being made with people who are very familiar with how publishing works and showing specific evidence of in print books being listed as unavailable and prices being noticeably lower at Barnes and Noble. It is also being presented as researched fact by a well informed journalist.
Amazon has accumulated a great deal of influence and dominant market share. Would this sort of strong arm tactic to get a better deal with a publisher be enough shift the balance of trust, and therefore ultimately the balance of power? Or are people not directly involved just going to find reasons not to care and continue with consuming as normal?