J.K. Rowling Apparent Victim in Amazon-Hachette Battle

by Rachel Baker on June 19, 2014

Apparently, J.K. Rowling is being affected by the Amazon-Hachette ongoing war.

Ridiculous.

Try pointing the Amazon Fire phone at J.K. Rowling’s new novel “The Silkworm,” and see what happens.

The phone’s cameras recognize millions of products and allow people to place orders with the click of a button through Amazon’s sprawling online store. But the promise of instant gratification is at odds with Amazon’s battle with Hachette, publisher of “The Silkworm” and thousands of other books.

“The Silkworm,” released Thursday, is expected to be one of the best-selling books of the year. Rowling, best known for the “Harry Potter” series, wrote it under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. The book is a sequel to “The Cuckoo’s Calling,” the No. 3 adult book on Amazon (AMZN, Tech30) last year.

But “The Silkworm” is being hindered by the online retailer. Instead of being available in one to two days, as most new books are, Amazon says the hardcover edition “usually ships within 1 to 2 months.” The e-book edition is not available at all.

Here’s the Article:
Latest victim of Amazon-Hachette fight: J.K. Rowling

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