One of Amazon’s “best books of the month” is a Hachette title that you can’t pre-order

Oh, well, that makes sense: One of Amazon’s “best books” for July is first-time author Edan Lepucki’s California, a novel that is published by Hachette — so good luck trying to pre-order it (hat tip to Publishers Lunch). Hachette and Amazon(s AMZN) are negotiating a new contract, and Amazon has taken away pre-orders on its titles as a negotiating tactic. So the hardcover, set to be published July 7, is listed as unavailable and there’s no Kindle link at all on the California product page.

https://twitter.com/EdanL/status/483984700537450497

California is also the title that comedian and Hachette author Stephen Colbert promoted on a recent episode of The Colbert Report, saying, “We’re going to prove that I can sell more books than Amazon.” He referred viewers to independent bookstore Powell’s to pre-order the book, and as of Tuesday it’s still the top-selling book on the Powells.com website.