Friday, April 11, 2008

Washington State AG To Look At Amazon

Last Saturday here, I pointed out that several writer organizations were considering legal action against for their bullying tactic toward small publishers and e-presses in demanding that books sold on's retail unit be printed by Amazon's proprietary POD press BookSurge.

Tuesday's Seattle Post-Intelligencer had an article in which it reported that a number of writer groups led by the Authors Guild have petitioned the U.S. Department of Justice and the Washington State Attorney General's office to look at the situation with Amazon.

The Washington State AG has agreed to take a look and has contacted Amazon and asked for a response.

The groups seeking redress include The American Society of Journalists and Authors, the Small Publishers Association of North America and the Arts Council England. is calling for an Amazon boycott.

The site charges the Amazon policy is illegal and a monopoly.

Amazon did not return multiple calls to the newspaper.

You can read the entire story here.

And you can still go to the iPetition here to add your signature.

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