(Seems stupid to address this to Dear Hachette & Amazon)
As an author, I have no right to an opinion on anyone’s e-book prices—those are the business of the publisher. I self publish on several platforms, and I set my prices as I choose. (I will observe that I enjoy a much higher royalty rate than I ever did as a mass-market, mid-list author under traditional publishing. And as an Indie Author/Publisher, I am able to bring out the books my readers want to buy and read.)
As a reader and purchaser of books in all formats, here’s my policy: if the price is too high, I don’t buy the book. If I want to read the book, I go to the public library, or I wait for remainder copies to hit the used book market. I still read the book. You lose the sale. Your authors lose the royalty.
The rest of this fracas? Follow the Golden Rule. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Both of you, Amazon and Hachette.