The two parties are currently working out the terms of the partnership. Hachette believes that the Amazon is purposely delaying the shipments of some of the publisher’s bestselling titles to help its own cause.
“We have been asked legitimate questions about why many of our books are at present marked out of stock with relatively long estimated shipping times on the Amazon website, in contrast to immediate availability on other websites and in stores,” said a Hachette spokeswoman. “We are satisfying all Amazon’s orders promptly.”
Books such as Stephen Colbert’s American Again: Re-becoming the Greatness We Never Weren’t and The Closer by Mariano Rivera are taking two to five weeks to arrive. In contrast, Barnes & Noble (BKS) is shipping the same Hachette titles within 24 hours.
AMZN stock is up over 2.5% Monday.
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