Hachette’s conflict with Amazon took on a new dimension late this week as the online retailer removed buy buttons from many of the publisher’s titles that were available for pre-order, and at least one retailer competitor is doing something about it.
Zola Books, a New York-based start-up launched by former literary agent Joe Regal and funded by a hodge podge of authors and other angels, is now offering 30% off on all Hachette ebooks.
A quick search on Zola and Amazon reveals that indeed the upstart ebook retailer is undercutting Amazon on price on Hachette titles (Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace is $6.99 at Zola and $9.99 at Amazon). Usually, Amazon is the place to find the lowest price on all ebooks; not today. However, some of the titles Zola lists on its Hachette 30% discount page are still cheaper at Amazon (The Goldfinch is $10.49 at Zola and $7.50 at Amazon).