Stephen King’s Forthcoming Novel 74% off at Amazon

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I ordered Stephen King’s soon-to-be-released book In the Dome some time ago, at the “usual” 35% or so discount that Amazon gives for hardcovers. Looking at my open orders today, I see that the book is down to $9.00, or 74% off the list price of $35. My guess is that this is a mistake, but I think if you order it, Amazon will have to honor the price. If you’re interested in this new book, get to Amazon right away and pre-order it.

Here’s the blurb:

On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester’s Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener’s hand is severed as “the dome” comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when–or if–it will go away.

Dale Barbara, Iraq vet and now a short-order cook, finds himself teamed with a few intrepid citizens–town newspaper owner Julia Shumway, a physician’s assistant at the hospital, a select-woman, and three brave kids. Against them stands Big Jim Rennie, a politician who will stop at nothing–even murder–to hold the reins of power, and his son, who is keeping a horrible secret in a dark pantry. But their main adversary is the Dome itself. Because time isn’t just short. It’s running out.

Follow-up: looking at the best-sellers in books, I see a number of new and forthcoming hardcovers at $9. I wonder what’s going on… These are really, really low prices…

Follow-up 2: So it is a price war.

2 replies
  1. Sean says:

    I doubt it is a mistake, I was just reading last week how Amazon and Walmart are battling it out on bestseller prices. The point of the article I was reading is how that will be the death of the publishing industry.

  2. kirk says:

    Well, a price war is one thing, but selling new, popular hardcovers at that much of a discount is unheard of. I’d think that if they were really trying to push them, there would be some mention on the site, rather than simply the price of the individual books.


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