The Bookseller Group has joined with other publishing organizations in the UK to formally request that the nation’s Competition Commission investigate Amazon’s proposed purchase of The Book Depository. The Bookseller’s managing director explained that his company feels it will give Amazon too much control over the marketplace:

Nigel Roby, m.d of The Bookseller Group, said: “It is not that TBD’s acquisition creates a sudden, new, anti-competitive position; it is rather that it is the straw that broke the camel’s back. If Amazon is in a stronger position to demand better terms from publishers, this could also have a knock-on effect for independents and smaller chains if publishers seek to maintain revenues.”

Via The Bookseller


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