Amazon's Scorched-Earth Tactics and Edan Lepucki's "California"

  • Aired:  06/12/14
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Stephen continues his ongoing war with Amazon by moving to put Edan Lepucki's "California" on the New York Times best-seller list. (3:16)

>> Stephen: WELCOME TO "THEREPORT."

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOININGUS.

WHAT ARE WE DOING?

[AUDIENCE CHANTING "STEPHEN"][CHEERING AND APPLAUSE]

WELCOME TO "THE REPORT."

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOININGUS, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN.

WHAT AN EVENING.

NOW, FOLKS... FOLKS, I GOT TOTHANK YOU FOR BEING HERE.

IT'S BEEN A GREAT SHOW SO FAR,BUT BEFORE WE GO, I WANT TO

UPDATE YOU ON MY ONGOING WARWITH AMAZON.

LAST WEEK I BROKE THE STORY OFSOMETHING ABOUT ME.

YOU SEE, AMAZON IS IN HEATEDCONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS WITH MY

PUBLISHER HACHETTE. AND ASLEVERAGE, AMAZON IS PREVENTING

PREORDERS AND

DELAYING SHIPMENT OFHACHETTE'S MOST POPULAR AUTHORS

INCLUDING ME.[AUDIENCE BOOING]

OH, DON'T MAKE ME UNLEASH THESEDOGS.

FOLKS, THIS ISTERRIBLE.

I AM ONE OF MY FAVORITE AUTHORS.

AND IT'S NOT JUST ME.

BECAUSE OF AMAZON'SSCORCHED-EARTH TACTICS, MORE

PEOPLE ARE GETTING SCREWED THANIN "FIFTY SHADES OF GREY."

SO I TOLD AMAZON C.E.O. JEFFBEZOS, IT'S GO TIME, LEX LOSER.

BEFORE I KNEW IT, MY COURAGEOUSSTAND CREATED A FIRESTORM ALL

OVER THE INTERNET, AND UNLIKERIHANNA, I DIDN'T EVEN HAVE TO

SHOW SIDE-BOOB.

I EVEN OFFERED.

NOW, I DON'T KNOW IF YOU KNOWTHIS BUT I'M GREAT GUY.

SO I DID THIS NOT JUST FOR ME,BUT FOR THE FIRST-TIME NOVELISTS

LIKE EDAN LEPUCKI, WHOSEHACHETTE BOOK "CALIFORNIA" COULD

NOT BE PRE-ORDERED ON AMAZON, ADEATH SENTENCE FOR A NEW BOOK.

SO I ASKED DO YOU GO TOCOLBERTNATION.COM AND PREORDER

"CALIFORNIA" FROM POWELL'SBOOKS.

NATION, YOU PREORDERED JUST AS IPREORDERED YOU DO.

AS OF TODAY YOU HEROS HAVEBOUGHT OVER 6,400 COPIES OF

CALIFORNIA.

[CHEERING AND APPLAUSE]IN FACT, YOU HAVE MADE

CALIFORNIA THE NUMBER-ONE BOOKON POWELL'S FOR WEEKS.

[CHEERING AND APPLAUSE]YOU KNOW WHAT, YOU KNOW WHAT

WOULD REALLY SHOW AMAZON THAT WEWILL NOT LICK THEIR MONOPOLY

BOOT, OR ANY OF THEIR MONOPOLYPIECES?

IF WE PUT "CALIFORNIA" ON "THENEW YORK TIMES" BESTSELLER LIST.

WE ARE CLOSE.

NATION, I WANT YOU TO GO TOCOLBERTNATION.COM AND PREORDER

THIS BOOK LIKE AMAZON DOESN'TWANT YOU TO.

OR PREORDER IT FROM OTHER PLACESLIKE PARNASSUS BOOKS, POLITICS

AND PROSE, RAINY DAY OR GO TOYOUR LOCAL BOOKSTORE, WALK UP TO

THE COUNTER AND JUST CLICK ONTHE CLERK.

OKAY.

THAT'S WHY THEY'RE CALLED THAT.

AND TELL THEM, "I WANT TOPREORDER "CALIFORNIA" BY EDAN

LEPUCKI."

ACT NOW AND IT WILL HAPPEN EVENSOONER.

GOOD NIGHT.

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