Colbert Flips Off Amazon
Comedian makes Hachette beef personal
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jun 5, 2014 11:57 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Amazon has been going to some extraordinary lengths lately to strong-arm publisher Hachette Book Group, and in the process it's made a powerful enemy: Stephen Colbert. Hachette and Amazon have been feuding over e-book pricing, and Amazon has responded by delaying shipments of Hachette's books and making them harder to search for and order—it's even removed the pre-order button for JK Rowling's upcoming The Silkworm, the Los Angeles Times explains. Another author getting that treatment is Stephen Colbert, the comedian revealed last night. "And as any longtime viewer of this show knows … that's me," he quipped.

Colbert said he was "not just mad" but "mad Prime" over the flap. He then said he had a package for Amazon—and proceeded to shove his arms through a cardboard box and flip the bookseller off, twice. ("Customers who enjoyed this also bought this," he quipped while raising Finger No. 2.) After that he brought on fellow Hachette writer Sherman Alexie, who explained that it was first-time authors who would be hurt most by these tactics, prompting Colbert to announce that he was selling California by Edan Lepucki—a debut novel Alexie recommended—on his website, and offering a download for "I Didn't Buy It on Amazon" stickers.

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Jul 6, 2014 5:04 PM CDT
Why are there so many people standing up for Amazon? They pay a NEGATIVE tax rate, meaning the feds pay them money every year instead of collecting taxes because of their off-shore money laundering schemes.
Jul 5, 2014 12:22 PM CDT
Stephen who?
Jun 8, 2014 12:07 AM CDT
jgarbuz... watch it with the name calling ['stupid']. I know about Steve Allen. Steve Allen and Jack Paar were the first late night talk show hits. Johnny Carson followed. Steve Allen was famous for his "Man On The Street" skits. That does date me, doesn't it. I have nothing to hide. In my previous comments about Stephen Colbert, I never said whether I liked his humor or not. While I absolutely love intellectual humor, I do not like Stephen Colbert's brand of it. For those who would prefer referring to what he does as satire... I don't like his presentation of that either. Frankly, I am shocked that he was selected to replace David Letterman. I do not see parallel capability. I don't know what Colbert is talking about half the time because he does not know how to land and center. It's always some round-about intro.... some long intro (oops! that's me also) before making a satirical point. While I wish him nothing but the best, he has a challenge ahead of him.