Publisher accuses of deliberately delaying sending its books

Hachette complains of unaccountably slow despatch amid reports of the web giant using such techniques to win better trade terms: The Guardian

Titles by authors including Malcolm Gladwell, James Patterson and Iain Banks are taking weeks to be sent to readers from, as the online retailer is accused by the books’ publisher Hachette of delaying delivery “for reasons of their own”.

The New York Times found estimated delivery times of two to three weeks in the US on a range of books published by Hachette, including titles by Gladwell, Stephen Colbert and JD Salinger. Other affected Hachette titles include Banks’s Consider Phlebas, Kate Adie’s memoir The Kindness of Strangers, Antony Beevor’s The Second World War and Cressida Cowell’s How To Train Your Dragon, which are all marked as taking at least a week to reach readers, when Amazon usually offers delivery in days. Hachette’s books on Amazon’s UK website are not affected.

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