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First It Was Books. Now Amazon Has Frozen Some DVD Preorders

•, By Graeme McMillan

While the online behemoth is still embroiled in a dispute with Hachette that has led to the removal of the ability to preorder that publisher's titles on the site—a conflict so dramatic that even Steven Colbert got involved—new reports suggest that Amazon's tactic isn't restricted to books, with upcoming DVD and Blu-ray releases from Warner Home Video now suddenly becoming unavailable for preorder as well.

This was first noticed by the website TheDigitalBits last week, which noted that "Warner Home Video and are in the middle of negotiations on a new contract, so preorders on Warner titles have been suspended until a deal is reached." Contract negotiations are also at the heart of the Hachette and Amazon dispute, with Amazon explaining that "negotiating with suppliers for equitable terms and making stocking and assortment decisions based on those terms is one of a bookseller's, or any retailer's, most important jobs… When we negotiate with suppliers, we are doing so on behalf of customers.

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