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.