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Now Amazon Is Picking Fight With Captain America

Disney films can't be preordered
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 11, 2014 11:52 AM CDT
Updated Aug 11, 2014 12:00 PM CDT
Now Amazon Is Picking Fight With Captain America
This image released by Marvel shows George St-Pierre, left, and Chris Evans in a scene from "Captain America: The Winter Soldier."   (AP Photo/Marvel-Disney, Zade Rosenthal)

(Newser) – Add another major firm to Amazon's list of enemies: As the retailer's battle with publisher Hachette continues, it's also taking action against Disney, the Wall Street Journal reports. Amazon has stopped offering preorders of DVDs and Blu-rays of movies like Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Maleficent, whereas rival retailers continue to offer them. It's a rather bold move by Amazon, an analyst suggests: "Most retailers just aren't willing to hurt themselves by cutting off sales." The details of the dispute aren't clear, but the Telegraph suggests it's likely linked to Amazon's push for lower prices.

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But Amazon, which is currently reeling from bigger second-quarter losses than expected, has a lot of weight to throw around when it comes to e-commerce, the Journal notes. A similar feud with Hachette recently prompted a petition, signed by authors like Stephen King, slamming Amazon's approach to e-book prices; the petition became a two-page ad in yesterday's New York Times. In turn, Amazon urged readers to write to a "stonewalling" Hachette, the Journal reports. (Read more Amazon stories.)

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