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On the Books: Amazon will offer 1-hour delivery service in Manhattan

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Amazon is jumping on New York’s same-day-delivery bandwagon with Prime Now, a new service promising one-hour delivery of a number of products to Prime members in Manhattan. From 6 a.m. to 12 a.m. every day of the week, customers can order through the Prime Now mobile app—opting for one-hour delivery at the price of $7.99 or two-hour delivery for free. The orders will be filled at Amazon’s new center at 34th street, its first brick-and-mortar retail location. “There are times when you can’t make it to the store and other times when you simply don’t want to go,” said Amazon’s SVP of worldwide operations, Dave Clark. “There are so many reasons to skip the trip and now Prime members in Manhattan can get the items they need delivered in an hour or less.” The service is only available to Manhattanites for now, but Amazon expects to roll out Prime Now in other cities next year. [GalleyCat]

Actress Diane Guerrero (Orange is the New Black and Jane the Virgin) has inked a deal with Henry Holt to pen a memoir about the challenges she and her family have experienced as undocumented immigrants. According to Holt, In The Country We Love will share the “personal, heartbreaking story of her family’s nightmarish struggles as undocumented residents seeking citizenship—but ultimately deported—in the United States.” Guerrero, born in the U.S., was just 14 years old when her brother, mother and father were arrested at their home in Boston and then deported to Colombia. While the content is personal, Holt hopes the book will have a larger impact by exposing the tragic effects of an immigration system many consider to be broken. Guerrero, an immigration advocate who recently wrote an op-ed on the issue, will “cast a much-needed light on the fears that haunt the daily existence of families likes hers and on a system that failed them over and over.” [Publishers Weekly]

Macmillan finalized a new multiyear sales deal with Amazon. A consent decree from the Department of Justice that required the publisher to permit retailers like Amazon to sell their ebooks at discounted prices expired today. However, in a letter to Macmillan agents, authors and illustrators, CEO John Sargent said, “You will be affected, as you always have been, by our changes in price. Your books will continue to be featured in Amazon promotions and deals.” He also assured employees that their net percentage of sales will remain the same. As a whopping 64 percent of Macmillan’s ebook sales are via Amazon, the company plans to diversify their distribution channels with a subscription services for backlist titles. Sargent wrote that “given the current financial and strategic incentives being offered, we believe the time is right to try this test.” [Publishers Weekly]

 

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