DOJ e-books filing: Amazon probed, cleared for predatory pricing

The Justice Department’s antitrust settlement with Hachette BookGroup, Simon & Schuster and HarperCollins has been greeted about as warmly as a skunk at a backyard barbecue. On Monday, the government filed its response to the comments it has received on the deal. Of the 868 public comments submitted as part of the statutory process for evaluating an antitrust settlement, fewer than 70 letter writers supported the deal, which calls for the publishers to end their alleged collusion with Apple (and everyone else) and subject future pricing agreements to Justice Department review. The other 800 comments, from several bookseller and author groups as well as Apple, opposed the settlement as misguided meddling that will end up hurting readers and the publishing industry.”

via Thomson Reuters

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