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Amazon-bonnier Battle Goes Public With Protest By European Authors -

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Many authors fear Amazon will use its dominant position to seek to overturn these moved here laws. There may be more at stake than e-book pricing terms, then, in Bonniers battle with Amazon. Across many European countries, price protections such as laws forbidding deep discounting protect many smaller specialty and boutique publishers publishers that are endangered or simply driven out from the US publishing landscape. In its fight with Amazon, Bonnier and its supporters may be fighting to keep European price protections that protect its publishing industry. As such, the German Publishers and Booksellers Association submitted a complaint to the countrys antitrust authority in June, claiming Amazons dominant position in the e-book market violates competition law. The European Commission has opened preliminary investigations into the complaint. The Amazon-Bonnier battle illustrates German anxiety over Amazons unbridled position in the domestic book market, reports the Times. It shows the public and politicians around the world that this is about more than a dispute over price conditions, Alexander Skipis, president of the publishers association, told the Times.

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