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by Mike Masnick

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antitrust, ebooks, price fixing, pricing, texas

amazon, apple

Texas AG Looks Into Price Fixing Antitrust Questions Surrounding Ebooks

from the had-to-happen dept

As many of you surely know, earlier this year, there was a bit of a fight between publishers and Amazon over ebook pricing, which resulted in Amazon backing down from its "all ebooks at $9.99" policy, and publishers getting the ability to raise the price on ebooks. The whole thing seemed a bit odd, and smacked of price fixing and antitrust (potentially collusion). Apparently I wasn't the only one who thought so. Nastybutler77 points us to the news that the Attorney General in Texas is now investigating the issue. The theory is that it's an investigation into Apple's practices -- which could fit with the Justice Department's own investigation into potentially anti-competitive practices by Apple. But, I'm wondering why the focus isn't more on the book publishers. It used to be that retailers got to set their own pricing, and vendors requiring retailers to set a certain price violated price fixing laws. Recent case law has backed away from that concept, though I'm still not sure I understand why.

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    Anonymous Coward, 3 Jun 2010 @ 6:14pm

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    I would say Amazon, being a non incumbent and having less experience in terms of how to game the system, is less predisposed to gaming the system at the moment. Usually it's the long term incumbents that game the system most effectively, Amazon is still new and mostly criticized by the much wealthier and more influential incumbents that don't like them.

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