June 10 Amazon.com Inc has refused to
take pre-orders for upcoming Time Warner home video
movie titles, including 'The Lego Movie', '300: Rise of an
Empire', 'Winter's Tale' and 'Transcendence', the New York Times
reported on Tuesday.
The company started refusing pre-orders in mid-May, which
led to a few customers venting their displeasure on the
retailer's forums. (r.reuters.com/vek99v)
Amazon did not immediately respond to an email seeking
comment on the report, while Jim Noonan, a Warner Bros
spokesman, said the company's "policy is to not comment on
contract points or any proprietary issues involving our
Amazon has a record of being involved in combative
negotiations. In 2010, the company blocked consumers from buying
works published by Macmillan in a dispute over the price of
In recent months, authors and other publishing insiders have
criticized Amazon for unfairly wielding its power as a major
retailer to gain an edge in contract talks.
Amazon is in an ongoing dispute with Hachette, a unit of
French media company Lagardere SCA, over contract
terms and last month removed an option to pre-order Hachette
titles, including "The Silkworm" - an upcoming novel written by
author of the Harry Potter series J.K. Rowling.
(Reporting by Ankush Sharma in Bangalore; Editing by Gopakumar