After previously warning of delays of 1 to 2 months for JK Rowling’s new book, “The Silkworm,” Amazon is now describing the hardcover title as “in stock” with a delay of only 1-2 days for processing.
And the Kindle version of the book, which was initially unavailable when the book debuted this week, can now be downloaded by Amazon customers.
The move, appears to be a small concession in Amazon’s ongoing dispute with publisher Hachette, and a pragmatic acceptance of the customer interest in the book, which was written by Rowling under the pen name Robert Galbraith.
The book is now #10 on Amazon’s list of “Hot New Releases.”
However, the Guardian reports that the broader dispute with Hachette is still very much in effect. “Things are definitely not back to normal for our titles on Amazon,” the publisher tells the newspaper.
Amazon, which is negotiating with the publisher over e-book pricing, has been delaying physical copies books by Hachette authors by as many as five weeks, and declining to offer the books for pre-order.
Amazon has said that its actions aren’t any different from what other retailers do when negotiating with their suppliers.