Amazon Is Cracking Down on Book Publisher, Say Critics

Posted by Libergirl

TIME

Amazon appears to be trying to pressure a book publisher into agreeing to more favorable terms for the online retail giant by refusing to offer pre-orders of some of the publisher’s titles. Books for which Amazon is no longer taking orders include a new novel by J.K. Rowling and the paperback version of “The Everything Store,” an inside look at the operations of Amazon.

Both titles and others no longer available on Amazon are published by Hachette, a New York-based publisher that is negotiating e-book rates with the online retailer. Hachette has argued Amazon has already used other tactics to punish it for not offering better terms, such as taking weeks to ship the publisher’s books and recommending books from other publishers for customers to buy. Amazon did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The retailer has been tough with publishers in the past. In 2010, Amazon removed…

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