Article in the New York Times
"The retailer began refusing orders late Thursday for coming Hachette books, including J. K. Rowling’s new novel, published under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith."
"The confrontations with the publishers are the biggest display of Amazon’s dominance since it briefly stripped another publisher, Macmillan, of its “buy” buttons in 2010."
"For several months, Amazon has been quietly discouraging the sales of
Hachette’s physical books by several techniques — cutting the customer’s
discount so the book approached list price, taking weeks to ship the
book, suggesting that prospective customers buy other books instead and
increasing the discount for the Kindle version."
"One of the books made scarce by Amazon’s actions is an updated edition of Brad Stone’s “The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon.”
The book revealed how Mr. Bezos said Amazon should approach vulnerable
publishers “the way a cheetah would pursue a sickly gazelle.”
Petition to Investigate Amazon
How Amazon is holding Hachette hostage - The Guardian
For some three weeks now, books from the Hachette publishing group – one
of the "big five" publishers who dominate the globe – have been largely
unavailable through Amazon.com. Amazon has taken away the pre-order
buttons on forthcoming Hachette titles, and current Hachette titles are
either not for sale (Amazon helpfully recommends used copies from its
reseller network, as well as similar books from competing publishers),
or are listed as being out of stock for the next several weeks.... More
Hachette/Amazon Business Interruption
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