Amazon has begun discouraging customers from buying books by
Malcolm Gladwell, Stephen Colbert, J. D. Salinger and other
popular writers, a flexing of its muscle as a battle with a
publisher spills into the open.
The Internet retailer, which controls more than a third of the
book trade in the United States, is marking many books published
by Hachette Book Group as not available for at least two or
A Hachette spokeswoman said on Thursday that the publisher was
striving to keep Amazon supplied but that the Internet giant was
delaying shipments “for reasons of their own.” Hachette is one of
the largest New York houses, publishing under the Little, Brown
and Grand Central imprints, among many others.
Thank goodness the Obama Department of Justice saw fit to go after the book publishers to protect poor little Amazon.