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US: Authors call for Amazon’s dominance in e-book to be investigated

 |  July 13, 2015

Amazon was likely celebrating when its rival Apple was found guilty of overcharging consumers by millions of dollars for e-books last year. Now though, a number of US-based authors organisations have called for authorities to investigate the online retail giant for using its market dominance to harm the interests of American readers.

Authors Guild, the American Booksellers Association, the Association of Authors’ Representatives and Authors United have all penned letters to the Department of Justice claiming that Amazon has violated antitrust laws has used “its dominance in ways that we believe harm the interests of America’s readers, impoverish the book industry as a whole, damage the careers of (and generate fear among) many authors, and impede the free flow of ideas in our society”, according to The New York Times.

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