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Stephen Colbert assails Amazon over delayed book shipments

6/18/2014
Stephen Colbert assails Amazon over delayed book shipments © Comedy Central / Stephen Colbert Stephen Colbert assails Amazon over delayed book shipments

NEW YORK (AP) -- A plug from Stephen Colbert and prize-winning author Sherman Alexie has landed a debut novel at the top of at least one best-seller list.

And that list is not on Amazon.com.

As of Thursday morning, Edan Lepucki's "California" was No. 1 on www.powellsbooks.com, the website for Powell's Books in Portland, Oregon, one of the country's leading independent booksellers.

Colbert assailed Amazon on his Comedy Central program Wednesday night. Amazon is in a contract dispute with Hachette Book Group and has been delaying shipments for some Hachette books, including for Colbert's "America Again," and removing the pre-order option for "California" and other upcoming works. Colbert twice flipped his middle finger at Amazon and brought on Alexie, a Hachette author who recommended "California." Colbert suggested viewers buy the book from Powell's.

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