With the Hachette-Amazon contract dispute entering its 7th month, Amazon’s competition have started to take advantage of the situation. Last week it was Books-a-Million, which boasted that they had no trouble shipping Hachette titles on a timely basis, and today Zola Books is joining the fun.
This indie ebook retailer announced on their blog Friday afternoon that they are having a sale on Hachette titles:
In the best possible world, discovering and buying books is so easy that the reader is lost in the book before they know it.
In recent days, Amazon has made it much more difficult for readers of certain authors (among them James Patterson, Malcolm Gladwell, Daphne Du Maurier, David Sedaris, Emma Donoghue, and Michael Connelly) to find and buy the books they love — all because of a dispute between Amazon and Hachette, the publisher of those writers and many more.
With readers and writers caught in the crossfire, Zola Books felt it was a good time to demonstrate our support of Hachette authors and their fans by offering a 30% discount off the regular price on all books published by Hachette – available for immediate download for iPhone and iPad.
It’s not clear just how many titles from Hachette can be found in the Zola Books store. The blog post links to a list of 31 titles, but since these ebooks appear to have DRM I would bet that Zola Books carries the entire Hachette catalog.
Update: I just heard back from Zola Books: they carry around 12 thousand Hachette titles.
According to the FAQ, the ebooks can be read in Zola’s apps for iPad and iPhone.