Connecticut Investigating Amazon’s E-Book Business

Connecticut is actively investigating how Inc. sells and distributes digital books, according to the state’s attorney general, the latest of several state and federal probes into the tech giant’s business practices.

The investigation is examining whether Amazon engaged in anticompetitive behavior in the e-book business through its agreements with certain publishers, Connecticut Attorney General William Tong said in a statement.

Connecticut asked Amazon to provide documents related to its dealings with five of the largest U.S. book publishers, according to a subpoena issued in 2019. The Tech Transparency Project, a nonprofit that investigates technology platforms, obtained the subpoena through an open records request and shared it with The Wall Street Journal.

Amazon declined to comment. A spokeswoman for Mr. Tong said the company has cooperated with the subpoena.

Connecticut has previously taken interest in the e-book business. In 2012, the U.S. Justice Department alleged in a civil antitrust lawsuit that five major publishers and Apple Inc. had worked together to raise e-book prices. Connecticut, along with Texas, led a similar legal effort by a group of states.

Related posts

TSMC to Spend Up to Record $28 billion in Advanced Chips, Capacity


Boeing Falls Further Behind Airbus in Plane Deliveries


Walgreens Says Pandemic Hurting Visits to Pharmacies


Leave a Comment

This website uses cookies to improve your experience. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. Accept Read More