Stephen Colbert’s books are published by Hachette, and his guest last night was another Hachette author — “my fellow Amazon victim,” Sherman Alexie. In two segments addressing Amazon’s ongoing contract negotiations with Hachette — in which the retailer has taken away preorders on upcoming Hachette titles and is shipping many current titles with multi-week delays — Colbert asked viewers to boycott Amazon.
“Delaying shipments. Sometimes three to four weeks. Folks, that is just cruel,” Colbert said. “If you ordered Hachette’s 21 Day Weight Loss, by the time it arrives, you’re still fat.”
“This has pushed me past my tipping point. I think,” Colbert said. “Because I’m still waiting for my copy of Hachette author Malcolm Gladwell’s The Tipping Point.”
“Well, I tell you what, Amazon,” Colbert said. “I’ve got a little package for you right here. This package is care of me, J.K. Rowling and Explaino the Clown [referring to a picture of Malcolm Gladwell] here. It ships immediately…and I think you’re really going to like it.”
“Customers who enjoy this also bought this.”
Colbert is also seeking to give a debut Hachette author, Edan Lepucki, “the Colbert bump.” In the segment and on his website, he refers viewers to independent bookstore Powell’s to pre-order Lepucki’s upcoming book California.
You can watch both segments below.