Are Amazon's new book discounts a 'declaration of war'?
Are Amazon's new book discounts a 'declaration of war'?

Bargain book shoppers must have been pleased looking at Amazon's bestseller list this weekend: The online bookseller had dropped prices on some of its top-selling hardcovers, as much as 64% off retail. The sudden discounts were so deep that one bookseller called them "a declaration of war." Sheryl Sandberg's "Lean In," Amazon's No. 9 bestseller, is priced at $9.09, 64% off its cover price. Khaled Hosseini's "And the Mountains Echoed," No. 5 on the site, is marked down 58% to $16.91. Dan Brown's latest Robert Langdon thriller, "Inferno," at No. 4 on Amazon's bestseller list, is marked down 61% to $11.65. While people are used to seeing deals at Amazon, these price cuts are unusually...