After a recent contract dispute, Amazon has been delaying shipments and halted sales for books published by the Hachette BookGroup. They have also completely removed the pre-order option for JK Rowling’s "The Silkworm" (written under Robert Galbraith - her pen name). Besides Rowling, Hachette represents other well known authors such as James Patterson, Michael Connelly, Malcolm Gladwell and Stephen Colbert.
As Amazon does not seem to believe this legal conflict will come to an end at any time soon (according to a message posted on their website), they are recommending customers seeking books published by Hachette to go buy them elsewhere. Thus, the question now becomes where can we find these books locally and at what prices?
It’s about a week to go until the release of JK Rowling’s highly anticipated second novel in the Cormoran Strike series, titled "The Silkworm", under her pen name Robert Galbraith. You can preorder this title for $21.44 if you’re a Bookworld citizen, otherwise Angus and Robertson are offering the next best price of $22.99 with free delivery. Other stores include Booktopia, Boomerang Books and Book Depository where the paperback will cost you around $30 with shipping.
"The Skin Collector" is another Hachette bestseller by Jeffrey Deaver and is available via Australian Bookstores for around $23. Again, Angus and Robertson has the best price which I could find online at $22.99 with free delivery, while at Booktopia the extra $6.50 in shipping pushes the final price up to $29.45.
Other popular titles include the upcoming "America Again: Re-Becoming The Greatness We Never Weren't" by one of New York Times bestselling authors, Stephen Colbert. The release date is set for the 28th of October and you’ll be best off placing your order online at Bookworld where this paperback, including a CD disc, is priced at $26.99 or $24.29 for citizens.
Of course there’s also the alternative option of paying for the e-book edition of these titles, which you can get through most book stores or at iTunes.
If you 'd like to know more about the legal dispute going on between Amazon and Hachette, this article from the LA Times gives a concise and easy to follow breakdown of the current situation as it stands.