E.U. Investigates eBook Publishers

European Union officials raided ebook publishers in an effort to determine whether certain companies have violated EU antitrust laws. Articles and analysis from:

The Wall Street Journal ” The government interest comes amid a broad move by publishers toward a so-called agency model, in which publishers set prices for e-books. That results in widely uniform prices for consumers. Regulators are examining whether those arrangements unduly restrict competition. “

The Register ” Many observers expected the arrival in Europe of Amazon’s Kindle, and therefore increasing electronic sales, to result in falling prices for ebooks. “

Reuters ” No deadline had been set for completing the probe, which would depend on how much the companies involved cooperated with the Commission. “

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