Buried in a New York Times story today about the latest chapter in Amazon’s pricing dispute with the publisher Hachette is this curious nugget: the retailer appears to be giving special treatment to a new book by House Budget Committee chairman and 2012 GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan.
The Times’ report details how a growing number of prominent authors – including Philip Roth, Salman Rushdie, and Milan Kundera – are urging the Justice Department to investigate Amazon for violations of antitrust law. Amazon has been embroiled in a bitter battle with Hachette, which the retailer is trying to force to lower prices. Many authors have rallied to Hachette’s defense, although not all Hachette authors receive equal treatment from Amazon. For instance, the Times highlights, Amazon has removed its discount for a biography of the Koch brothers written by a reporter for the left-leaning Mother Jones.