Amazon vs. Hachette

  • Aired:  06/04/14
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Amazon wages war against Hachette Book Group, employing tactics that could threaten the livelihood of authors. (3:20)

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)>> NATION, I'VE ALWAYS BEEN

A HUGE FAN OF AMAZON.

ITS HE THE ONLY PLACE YOUCAN GET ALL YOUR SHOPPING

DONE IN YOUR UNDERWEAR, ATLEAST SINCE THEY

CLOSED CIRCUITCITY. AMAZON SELLS

EVERYTHING, A SCOOBY DOOCHEST SET, A NEON FULL BODY

LYKRA SUIT, A SAMPLER PACK OFKANGAROO JERKY,

A SHED TO HIDE YOUR DISTURBINGAMAZON

PURCHASES FROM YOUR FAMILY.

BUT NOW I'M NOT JUST MAD ATAMAZON, I'M MAD PRIME.

BECAUSE I JUST FOUND OUTTHAT THEY ARE DETERRING

CUSTOMERS FROM BUYING BOOKSBY STEPHEN COLBERT.

AND AS ANY LONG TIME VIEWEROF THIS SHOW KNOWS, THAT'S ME.

THEY'RE FIGHTING WITH MYPUBLISHER HACHETTE AND AMAZON IS

PLAYING HARD COVER.

>> AMAZON SEEMS TO BESTEPPING UP ITS BATTLE WITH

BOOK PUBLISHER HACHETTE,NOW REFUSING ORDERS FOR SOME

UPCOMING HACHETTE BOOKS.

>> AMAZON HAS BEEN ACCUSEDOF USING DIFFERENT TACTICS

TO QUIETLY DETER PUBLISHESFROM BUYING BOOKS FROM

HACHETTE.

>> AMAZON HAS BEEN ACCUSEDFROM RAISING PRICES TO

DELIBERATELY DELAYINGSHIPMENTS.

>> DELAYING SHIPMENTS.

SOMETIMES THREE TO FOURWEEKS.

FOLKS, THAT IS JUST CRUEL.

IF YOU ORDERED HACHETTE'S 21DAY WEIGHT LOSS BY THE TIME

IT ARRIVES, YOU'RE STILLFAT.

(LAUGHTER)AND THIS IS A BIG

BLOW-- IT'S A BIG BLOW TO MYBOTTOM LINE.

BECAUSE AMAZON CONTROLSAROUND 50% OF ALL BOOK

SALES.

THAT'S RIGHT.

30 BOOKS A YEAR!

(LAUGHTER)AMAZON EVEN RELEASED A

STATEMENT ENCOURAGINGCUSTOMERS TO BUY USED COPIES

OF HACHETTE BOOKS FROM OTHERSELLERS.

FOLKS, PUBLISHERS ANDAUTHORS GET NO CASH FROM

USED BOOK SALES.

PLUS, YOU DON'T WANT THEM.

(LAUGHTER)USED BOOKS ARE THE SLUTS OF THE

LITERARY WORLD, PASSED AROUND FROM PERSON TO PERSON,

SPREADING THEIR PAGES FORANYONE, GETTING CHEAPER AND

CHEAPER UNTIL EVENTUALLYTHEY END UP IN PRISON.

(LAUGHTER)AND I AM NOT THE ONLY VICTIM

HERE.

TAKE HARRY POTTER AUTHOR JKROWLING.

AMAZON HAS TAKEN THEPREORDER BUTTONS OFF HER NEW

HACHETTE BOOK THE SILKWORM,A VICIOUS TACTIC BY AMAZON'S

C.E.O. JEFF BEZOS, OR SHOULDI SAY LORD BEZO-MORT.

AND THIS-- THIS HAS PUSHEDME PAST MY TIPPING POINT.

I THINK.

BECAUSE I'M STILL WAITINGFOR MY COPY OF HACHETTE

AUTHOR MALCOLM GLADWELL'S NOVELTHE TIPPING POINT.

I TELL YOU WHAT, AMAZON, IHAVE GOT A LITTLE PACKAGE

FOR YOU RIGHT HERE, OKAY.

THIS PACKAGE IS CARE OF ME,JK ROWLING AND EXPLAINO THE

CLOWN HERE, OKAY.

ALL RIGHT?

IT IS SHIPPED IMMEDIATELYAND A LOT OF PACKAGING, ALL

RIGHT.

AND I THINK YOU'RE REALLYGOING TO LIKE IT.

OH, WAIT A SECOND.

HERE IT.

(APPLAUSE)

OH, WAIT, AMAZON,CUSTOMERS THAT ENJOY THIS

ALSO BOUGHT THIS.

(LAUGHTER)(APPLAUSE)

SO WATCH OUT BEZOS, BECAUSETHIS MEANS WAR.

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