Saturday, May 31, 2014

Amazon vs. Hachette Saga

LOS ALTOS, Calif., May 30, 2014 / - While Amazon and Hachette continue to haggle over their business contracts, consumers can still find coveted titles on's free search engine specializing in books.  Though Amazon has taken steps to reduce both the visibility and availability of Hachette publications on their website, this has not impacted consumer's ability to either locate or purchase any of Hachette's publications online. In fact, Hachette's broad selection of titles have always been available, both new and used, from hundreds of different online retailers and marketplaces. For example, the new highly anticipated hardcover book The Silkworm, written by J. K. Rowling, published under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, is no longer available for pre-order at all through Amazon, and is simply marked as "Currently Unavailable." Before any J. K. Rowling fans panic though, keep in mind it is also available for pre-order from dozens of other online retailers at up to 28% off list price, even after taking tax and shipping costs into consideration [current pricing from as of 05/29/14]. This is hardly an Armageddon scenario, and rather, if anything, is simply an opportunity for consumers to explore the wider web.
As much as things change, they also stay the same. The old adage that a single store is never the cheapest for everything has remained true even as the world of commerce has evolved, and despite the best efforts of the largest retail giants, Amazon and Walmart, there is no single store with infinite breadth and depth of inventory. This makes the ability for a consumer to shop around just as important as ever, and also increasingly easy with the scope of the Internet and computer automation. The best way for consumers to maximize their purchasing power and exert their influence is, as always, not through brand or retailer loyalty, but rather through informed decisions made with the most current comprehensive information available. For books, this information is readily available at without any registration requirements, and in particular, current information on pricing and availability of the Hachette publications affected at is a free search engine specializing in books, building a comprehensive real-time search in seconds of over 300 online bookstores and marketplaces. Consumers can compare all of the copies available based on their format, condition, price after coupons, tax, and shipping to decide which copy is right for them.
Jeremy Jung


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