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Morning Links — Is an Amazon antitrust lawsuit inevitable?

Posted By Joanna Cabot On February 21, 2013 @ 10:12 am In Amazon,Morning Roundup | 1 Comment

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Pearson Launches New Incubator Company for Startup Companies [2] (Good e-Reader)

Amazon’s Price Parity Clause Attracts Attention of German Antitrust Regulator [3] (GigaOM)

Audible Users Get an iPad App [4] (Galley Cat)

Random-Penguin & Libraries [5] (Digital Book World)

Kindle Daily Deals [6]: The Cider House Rules by John Irving (and 3 others)


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#1 Comment By Michael W. Perry On February 21, 2013 @ 2:01 pm

Earlier, I’d hoped that the UK would be clever enough to refuse to let Amazon buy out The Book Depository, one of their leading competitors in international book sales. I was disappointed. Yet another example, I told myself, of just how badly the UK is now governed.

That said, Europe, in this case Germany, is probably still our best hope for seeing Amazon’s heavy-handed, monopolist tendencies reigned in. Europeans tend to resent American invasions and they value their own cultures, including books. If Amazon execs were wiser, they’d scale back creating a global empire. Walmart seems to know to keep a lowered profile overseas.

Here, Obama administration is not only did nothing about Amazon’s all-too-obvious, sell-below-cost-to-destroy-competitors scheme of a few years back, they compliantly carried water for Amazon. Instead of taking on Amazon, they went after Apple and the publishers who were trying to ensure a healthy competitive market. Agency pricing is not only legal, Amazon’s entire third-party vendor model is built around it.

Oh how I loath both these Chicago politicians and a lapdog press that refuses to take them on. Do they really think that a president who has spent almost all his political life as a comfortable participant in Chicago’s machine politics isn’t a Chicago machine politician? Even I find that amazing.


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[2] Pearson Launches New Incubator Company for Startup Companies: http://goodereader.com/blog/digital-publishing/pearson-launches-new-incubator-program-for-startup-companies/

[3] Amazon’s Price Parity Clause Attracts Attention of German Antitrust Regulator: http://gigaom.com/2013/02/20/amazons-price-parity-clause-attracts-attention-of-german-antitrust-regulator/

[4] Audible Users Get an iPad App: http://www.mediabistro.com/galleycat/audible-users-get-an-ipad-app_b65687

[5] Random-Penguin & Libraries: http://www.digitalbookworld.com/2013/random-penguins-more-than-the-sum-of-the-parts-for-libraries/

[6] Kindle Daily Deals: http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?ie=UTF8&docId=1000677541

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