Connecticut’s top regulation enforcement official stated on Wednesday that he was conducting an antitrust investigation into how Amazon runs its e-books enterprise.
William Tong, Connecticut’s legal professional normal, stated in an announcement that the state “has an active and ongoing antitrust investigation into Amazon regarding potentially anticompetitive terms” within the distribution agreements the corporate has for digital books with some publishers.
The investigation is the latest antitrust inquiry into Amazon to be publicly revealed. Officials in California and Washington have scrutinized how the corporate treats the impartial retailers who use its market. The Federal Trade Commission additionally has its personal inquiry into the corporate, which critics say has grown right into a dominant on-line retailer by crushing smaller opponents.
A spokesman for Amazon declined to remark. The inquiry was reported earlier by The Wall Street Journal.
Amazon obtained its begin promoting books within the Nineteen Nineties. It launched its Kindle e-books reader in 2007. The enterprise shortly attracted regulatory consideration. In 2012, the Department of Justice sued Apple, saying it had conspired with main publishers to lift the value of e-books past the $9.99 that Amazon charged.
Connecticut was among the many states that filed their very own lawsuit towards Apple. Mr. Tong, a Democrat, stated in his assertion that his office “continues to aggressively monitor this market to protect fair competition for consumers, authors and other e-book retailers.”