Mariano Rivera can throw a 90 mph fastball, but his brand new memoir "The Closer" is moving much slower for
Why is Amazon taking so long? Rivera's publisher Little, Brown is part of Hachette Book Group, which says Amazon is delaying shipment of its books.
"It is our normal policy not to comment on negotiations underway with any retailer," said HBG publicist Sophie Cottrell in a statement. "However, we have been asked legitimate questions about why many of our books are at present marked out of stock with relatively long estimated shipping times on the Amazon website, in contrast to immediate availability on other websites and in stores."
So far, their questions have gone unanswered. Amazon has not replied to other requests for comment, including from the Los Angeles Times.
In addition to Rivera's memoir, books affected by the delay include "Alex Cross, Run" by
"We are satisfying all Amazon's orders promptly," HBG explained further. "Amazon is holding minimal stock and restocking some of HBG's books slowly, causing 'available 2-4 weeks' messages, for reasons of their own."
The statement marks a rare public pushback by a major publisher against Amazon's business practices. "Privately, we berate Amazon," a publishing marketing executive told George Packer in a February New Yorker story. "Yet we're always trying to figure out how to work with them."
According to Packer's report, Amazon purchases constitute a third of one major publishing house's retail sales in a given week. With that kind of volume, publishers are reluctant to alienate the online retailer.