EU Opens Investigation Into Amazon’s e-Book Business

EU Opens Investigation Into Amazon’s e-Book Business

(Kris Tripplaar/AP Photo)
(Kris Tripplaar/AP Photo)

 

(Reuters) – The European Commission opened a formal antitrust investigation into Amazon’s e-book business on Thursday, opening yet another front in mounting EU scrutiny of America’s global tech giants.

The investigation adds to the pressure on the online retailer in Europe, where it is already being investigated for the low tax rates it pays in Luxembourg.

The Commission said it would look in particular into certain clauses included in Amazon’s contracts with publishers.

These clauses, it said, required publishers to inform Amazon about more favorable or alternative terms offered to Amazon’s competitors, a means to ensure Amazon is offered terms at least as good as those of its competitors.

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