Authors United Pulls the Trigger
Authors United has finally followed through on the promise they made last fall.
The WSJ reported yesterday that AU has formally requested that the US Dept of Justice investigate Amazon for antitrust violations:
A group of prominent authors says Amazon.com Inc. has “unprecedented power” over the book publishing market and wants the U.S. Department of Justice to begin an investigation of what it claims is a monopoly.
On Thursday, the Authors United group submitted a formal request to the DOJ’s top antitrust official. The group formed last year in response to Amazon’s bruising negotiations with publisher Hachette Book Group, primarily over pricing.
The letter in question can be found on the website of The Authors Guild. You can download the PDF and read it if you like, but if you’ve been following this story then it probably will not be worth your time.
I’ve run the text of the letter through a text comparison site and I can report that the letter posted yesterday is identical to the one which was posted when this media circus kicked off last month. That earlier letter can be found on the ABA website.
Aside from the detail that the letter was sent, there’s really nothing new to report today. The DoJ has yet to respond, so there’s no way to tell at this time whether it will regard this letter as having legal merit.
Update: It’s been pointed out over on TPV that when Authors United started writing the letter last October, they had a thousand names. The letter sent to the DoJ only had 575 names.
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