Amazon escalates standoff with publisher Hachette

May 23, 2014

If you're hoping to pre-order books by J.K. Rowling, Michael Connelly and other Hachette Book Group authors, you'll have to go somewhere besides Amazon.com.

An ongoing standoff between Amazon and one of the leading New York publishers has escalated. The has removed pre-order buttons for such books as Connelly's "The Burning Room" and Rowling's "The Silkworm," a detective story she wrote under the pen name Robert Galbraith.

Hachette issued a statement Friday saying it hopes to "find a solution to this difficult situation." Amazon declined to comment.

Amazon and Hachette are reportedly at odds over terms for e-book sales. Amazon had already been delaying the delivery of some Hachette releases, including J.D. Salinger's "Nine Stories" and Sherman Alexie's "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian."

Explore further: Amazon pressure tactics reported in Hachette contract talks

3 /5 (2 votes)
add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Settlement credits sent to e-book buyers

Mar 26, 2014

Some Amazon.com Inc. e-book customers received credits Tuesday as part of the $166 million price-fixing settlement five book publishers reached with the U.S. Department of Justice.

Harry Potter breaks e-book lockdown

Mar 27, 2012

(AP) -- The Harry Potter books are finally on sale in electronic form, and they have a special magical touch to them: In a break with industry practices, the books aren't locked down by encryption, which means consumers ...

Recommended for you

Turner channels removed from Dish amid pact spat

18 hours ago

Channels such as Cartoon Network and CNN are no longer part of Dish's programming lineup as a deadline has passed for the satellite TV provider and Turner Broadcasting to renew their distribution agreement.

Verizon reports higher 3Q net income, revenue

19 hours ago

Verizon Communications Inc. on Tuesday reported higher net income and revenue in its third quarter, helped by strong wireless subscriber growth and demand for its high-speed FiOS Internet services.

Amazon, Simon & Schuster sign book retail deal

Oct 21, 2014

Amazon has reached a deal with American book publisher Simon & Schuster, the companies said, though the e-commerce giant remains at loggerheads with France's Hachette over e-book pricing.

User comments : 0