Amazon Ramps Up War Against Hachette
This article was originally published on Friday, May 23, 2014 at PublishersWeekly.com.
“Amazon has upped the ante in its battle with Hachette over sales terms. After news surfaced earlier this month that the online retailer was slow in fulfilling orders on the publisher’s titles—with shipment delays reaching five weeks—Amazon has now removed preorder capabilities on many major forthcoming Hachette titles.
In a statement, Hachette said, “Amazon has now taken preorder capabilities away from Hachette Book Group publications. Forthcoming books now bear a notice ‘currently unavailable’ and a note inviting customers to ask for an email when it becomes available. There is no preorder button, and some not-yet-published books lack a Kindle page entirely.”