Uh oh. Amazon is going to get it now. They have Stephen Colbert mad at them.
On May 24, we first told you about a stunning move from Amazon that had begun slowing down, and in many instances cutting off, book sales from one of the world's largest publishers, Hachette, which includes some of the planet's most popular authors, including J.K. Rowling and James Patterson.
"Amazon clearly has substantial market power and is abusing that market power to maintain and increase its dominance, which likely violates Section 2 of the Sherman Antitrust Act," Jan Constantine, general counsel for the Author's Guild, told The New York Times.
And now Colbert (who is also published by Hachette) has struck back against Amazon. On his June 4 show on Comedy Central, Colbert, urged his readers to download an "I didn't buy it at Amazon" sticker from his website.
Another Hachette author, Sherman Alexie, came on Colbert's show and promoted another book, California, by Edan Lepucki. But Alexie and Colbert urged viewers to buy the book from Powell's Book Store in Portland, Ore.. And after tweeting "Together we can #CutDownTheAmazon," California became Powell's No. 1 best-seller, according to the Times.