Amazon returns pre-order ‘buy’ buttons after 48-hour hiatus

Amazon returns pre-order ‘buy’ buttons after 48-hour hiatus

Amazon’s “buy" pre-order buttons have been returned for upcoming titles, after being removed from not-yet-published books for two days last week to prioritise stocking other high-demand items during the coronavirus pandemic.

In what was a blow to authors and publishers, forthcoming books were from Thursday to Friday last week listed by the online retailer as "currently unavailable" in hardback, with an Amazon spokesperson saying it was "temporarily prioritising household staples, medical supplies and other high-demand products".

"We are seeing increased online shopping and as a result som...

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