Connecticut AG probing Amazon’s e-book business

Connecticut AG probing Amazon’s e-book business

Amazon’s
lucrative
e-books
business
is
drawing
scrutiny
from
law
enforcement.

Connecticut
is
investigating
the
e-tail
giant
for
potential
anti-competitive
behavior
in
its
Kindle
business,
the
state’s
attorney
general
William
Tong
said
this
week,
with
a
focus
on
the
distribution
agreements
it
has
with
certain
publishers.

Amazon
enjoys
a
dominant
market
share
in
the
digital
book
business
despite
counting
Barnes
&
Noble
and
Google
as
its
rivals.

The
Nutmeg
State
requested
documents
from
Amazon
regarding
its
deals
with
the
country’s
largest
book
publishers
back
in
2019,
the

Wall
Street
Journal

reported.

Tong
said
his
office
has
previously
taken
action
against
companies
such
as
Apple
and
a
number
of
e-book
publishers
to
protect
competition
in
that
market
and
will
continue
to
monitor
it
aggressively.

It
is
the
latest
probe
of
potentially
anti-competitive
behavior
by
Amazon
in
recent
months.
The
company
is
also
under
investigation
by
the
attorneys
general
in
New
York,
California
and
Washington
state
and
the
Federal
Trade
Commission.

A
scathing
antitrust
report
in
October
from
the
US
House
of
Representatives
Judiciary
Committee’s
antitrust
panel
published
details
of
what
it
said
was
Amazon’s
anticompetitive
behavior
and
suggested
barring
the
company
from
operating
its
online
marketplace,
in
which
it
also
competes.

Amazon
had
pushed
back
against
the
report
before
it
was
released,
saying
that
market
interventions
“would
kill
off
independent
retailers
and
punish
consumers
by
forcing
small
businesses
out
of
popular
online
stores,
raising
prices
and
reducing
consumer
choice.”

An
Amazon
spokesperson
did
not
immediately
respond
to
a
request
for
comment.


With
Post
wires.

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