The POD publisher BookLocker.com has today filed a class action lawsuit against Amazon. The lawsuit is filed in response to the Amazon’s threat to remove the buy buttons of the publishers that refused to be included in their subsidiary BookSurge. The class action lawsuit is likely to include all the publishers who use on demand printing to print their books for distribution.
The charges against Amazon includes:
It forces the POD publishers to use BookSurge for printing services when they might otherwise prefer to purchase such printing services elsewhere.
Amazon’s practice of tying printing services to sales in the Online Book Market unreasonably restrains trade and is unlawful per se under Section 1 of the Sherman Act.
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