About four months ago the European Commission revealed that it had launched an investigation into Amazon’s dealings in the EU’s ebook market. That investigation is still ongoing, and today we’ve learned that it has been expanded.
According to The Bookseller:
The European Commission is assessing a complaint about Amazon’s dominance of the print market in addition to its investigation into the company’s activity in the e-book market.
In response to an enquiry from The Bookseller, an EC spokesperson confirmed it had received a complaint about Amazon’s print book practices as well. “The EC has received a complaint on the issue and is assessing it,” a spokesperson said.
It is not yet clear whether the EC will launch an investigation into the e-commerce giant’s print book business as well.
There’s no way to tell from the outside whether there is any validity to the complaint, and of course opinion will be divided on the matter.
Those who see Amazon as evil incarnate will assume the worst, while those who are hoping to get an invite to Bezos’ next infant barbeque will disagree.
This is of course only the latest complaint made against Amazon. In August German publishers asked their government to investigate Amazon’s audiobook subsidiary, and last year several trade groups complained to their governments during a period of heated negotiations between Amazon and publishers.
Will the EC decide there’s legal ground to investigate Amazon for its dealing in the EU’s print market, or will they decide that this complaint is as ridiculous as the letter that Authors United sent to the DoJ in August of this year?
Only time will tell.
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