Amazon resolves row with Hachette

An Amazon distribution centre in the UK (file photo)

Amazon.com’s conflict with the publisher Hachette Book Group is over, but the restoration of normal service will take at least a few days.

However, as of yesterday afternoon, shipping times of up to three weeks or longer were still listed for numerous Hachette books.

They include James Patterson’s Cross My Heart, J.K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy, and JD Salinger’s Franny and Zooey.

The online retailer and publisher announced a multi-year agreement on Thursday.

In a joint statement on the deal, the companies said that “normal trading would resume immediately”.

Hachette spokeswoman Sophie Cottrell yesterday said that she did not expect books to be fully stocked and available promptly until the middle of next week.

During the months-long bitter dispute, Amazon.com had removed pre-order buttons and cut back on orders and discounts for Hachette releases.


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