A top Connecticut law enforcement official said Wednesday that he was conducting a antitrust investigation about how Amazon ran its e-books business.
Connecticut’s attorney general, William Tong, said in a statement that the state has “an active and ongoing antitrust investigation into the Amazon regarding potentially antimipitive conditions” in distribution agreements with some publishers for electronic books.
The latest to be publicly revealed is Amazon’s latest antitrust investigation. Officers in California and Washington Has investigated How the company deals with independent traders who use its market. The Federal Trade Commission also has its own investigation into the company, which critics say has become a major online retailer by crushing smaller competitors.
An Amazon spokesperson declined to comment. the inspection was reported Earlier by The Wall Street Journal.
Amazon got its start selling books in the 1990s. It started Kindle eBook Reader in 2007. The business rapidly gained regulatory attention. In 2012, the Justice Department sued Apple, stating that it had conspired with major publishers to raise the price of e-books above the $ 9.99 that Amazon had charged.
Connecticut was one of the states that filed its lawsuit against Apple. A Democrat, Mr. Tong said in his statement that his office “continues to aggressively monitor this market to protect fair competition for consumers, authors and other e-book retailers.”