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The Author’s Guild Calls Amazon Anticompetitive

While Amazon may have been at the forefront of turning eReaders into devices that could wirelessly download eBooks, that doesn’t give them the right to try to put every other bookseller out of business, argues The Author’s Guild in a blog post today.

The Guild is concerned that Amazon’s innovation could hurt the industry. The blog explains, “those who capture a market tend to be a bit rough on other participants in the market. They also tend to stop innovating.”

The post points out Amazon’s contribution to the ongoing evolution of the eBook and suggests that the company should be focused on selling eBooks and good customer service. The post continues: “Amazon’s reward should not have included being able to combine its wireless e-reader, deep pockets, and an existing dominant position in a related, but separate, market — the online market for physical books — to prevent other vendors from entering the e-book market. Amazon’s reward as an innovator, in other words, shouldn’t be getting to wall itself off from competition.”

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