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Lepucki thanks Colbert Nation for making ‘California’ a hit

Edan Lepucki appeared on “The Colbert Report” on Tuesday night to discuss her debut novel, “California,” and thank Colbert for getting it onto best-seller lists.

“Thank you Colbert Nation for buying my book and reading it,” she said. “I’m so, so incredibly grateful to be on this show and to have my book talked about. I just really appreciate it. So thank you.”

Lepucki’s book has become a battering ram in Colbert’s battle against Amazon. “For the past six weeks we in the Colbert Nation have been at war with Amazon,” Colbert explained.

The online retailer has been playing hardball with Hachette, Colbert’s — and Lepucki’s — publisher. Amazon has imposed artificial delays on existing Hachette books, made them difficult to find on its site and impossible to preorder.

Colbert selected a single upcoming Hachette book — Lepucki’s “California” — and asked viewers to preorder it from Powell’s, an independent bookseller with a robust online store. So many people did, and so many purchased it in person from brick-and-mortar bookstores, that it debuted on the New York Times best-seller list at No. 3.

Author Sherman Alexie, National Book Award winner, fellow Hachette author and occasional “Colbert Report” guest, recommended Lepucki’s book to Colbert on the show. Lepucki paid it forward by recommending “Sweetness #9” by Stephan Eirik Clark.