An ongoing contract dispute between Hatchette, a publisher of popular writers including James Patterson and Malcolm Gladwell, has led Amazon to block some pre-orders from the publisher. Numerous upcoming books from the publisher are now listed as “currently unavailable” on Amazon, the New York Times found.
According to Mashable, “Amazon has come under pressure recently to generate greater profits from its massive revenue stream. One way to do this is to push companies that sell products on its platform to offer a greater share of the money generated from e-books. This puts publishers in a difficult position of relying on Amazon for sales while trying to negotiate revenue sharing.”
One of the most popular blocked books includes preorders for J.K. Rowling’s upcoming novel The Silkworm, written under the pen name of Robert Galbraith.
People have taken to Twitter to encourage readers to order the book from independent book stores or Barnes & Noble.
Amazon has been doing many things to encourage users not to buy books from Hatchette, including pricing an upcoming book from Anne Rivers Siddons, The Girls of August at $62.99 for preorder, removing discounts and allowing for shipping delays.
Hachette addressed this issue in a statement to Mashable, “We are doing everything in our power to find a solution to this difficult situation, one that best serves our authors and their work, and that preserves our ability to survive and thrive as a strong and author-centric publishing company.