Book publisher Hachette apparently isn’t the only media company facing delayed shipping and unavailable pre-orders as it negotiates with Amazon over a new contract. Warner Bros. is facing similar actions on upcoming DVDs like The Lego Movie and 300: Rise of an Empire, the New York Times noted Tuesday.
The DVD edition of The Lego Movie, for instance, is supposed to be released June 17, but Amazon isn’t taking pre-orders for it even though it’s available on sites like Barnes & Noble.
Kottke.org noticed that the movies were unavailable for preorder a few weeks ago, and complaints in the customer forums dating back to mid-May. The titles can still be purchased and streamed through Amazon Instant Video, and that option is prominently displayed in search and on product pages.
Titles distributed by Warner Bros. are also affected. One post in the Amazon customer forums, for instance, pointed to a Facebook post in which anime distributor VizMedia noted, “Our products are distributed by Warner Brothers, and currently they’re in contract negotiations with Amazon. Pre-orders are disabled while that goes on, but we’re hoping it will be resolved soon.”
The battle with Hachette has drawn criticism from high-profile Hachette authors like Stephen Colbert, who dedicated two segments of a recent episode of “The Colbert Report” to it. It’ll be interesting to see whether any actors start weighing in.