A report published on Wall Street Journal on Sunday has said that the online shopping portal Amazon.com has temporarily stopped the pre-orders of some Disney movies amid some contract dispute.
Customers searching more Disney movies on the Amazon portal had to face a tough time as the physical copies of many films including Maleficent, Captain America: The Winter Soldier etc were unavailable for order on the official website on Sunday. However, the digital copies of some of these flicks remained available for pre-order.
Insiders say Amazon engaged itself into another contract dispute after the online shopping giant entered into a prolonged spat with the Hachette Book Group, the fourth-largest US book publisher.
Meanwhile, no one was available for comment from both Amazon.com and Disney.
Both Amazon and Hachette have been engaged into the price war where the online retailer is having strong objections over the charges taken on e-books of Hachette, which is owned by France’s Lagardere.
According to Amazon, the high pricing of e-books at USD 14.99 or USD 19.99 would be too expensive for the customers. It says the high prices would discourage the buyers and argued that cheaper e-books bring more audience as they are more sellable due to their low cost. Amazon says high sales would ultimately generate more revenue and more royalties for authors and benefit the both-author and the online retailer.
Meanwhile, an Authors United group criticized Amazon’s move in its two-page ad in the New York Times on Sunday. The ad was supported by more than 900 signatures of the writers, including Donna Tartt and Stephen King.