Some Disney movies unavailable on Amazon in apparent contract dispute

Amazon.com has halted pre-orders of some Disney movies, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday, in what appears to be another contract dispute after the online giant began a protracted spat with publisher Hachette Book Group this year.

Physical copies of films such as Maleficent and Captain America: the Winter Soldier were unavailable for order on Amazon.com on Sunday. Digital copies of some of the movies in question were still available for pre-order.

Messages sent to Amazon.com and Disney were not immediately answered. Amazon has been waging a battle against Hachette, the fourth-largest US book publisher, over the price the online retailer can charge for ebooks. Hachette is owned by France’s Lagardere.

A group called Authors United ran a two-page ad in the New York Timeson Sunday, criticising Amazon for halting pre-orders from some Hachette authors and slowing delivery of books by Hachette authors. The ad was signed by more than 900 writers, including Stephen King and Donna Tartt.

Amazon says pricing ebooks at $14.99 or $19.99 is too expensive. It argues that cheaper ebooks sell more copies and so ultimately generate more revenue and more royalties for authors.

The guardian.com


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