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Those agreements, the lawsuit purports, were created upon the release of the first edition of Amazon's digital book reader, the Kindle, to give Amazon the rights to sell the publishers' books digitally. Around that same time, Amazon established a system wherein the company would control what devices those books could be read on, claims the lawsuit. This was accomplished through a digital rights management system, an access control technology designed to limit the use of digital content after sale; for Amazon, this has been the AZW format.
"The first (cause of action) involves contracts that Amazon entered into with the Big Six, which we believe required the use of DRM technology," said Decker. "This has restricted the ability of independent bookstores to sell e books that could be read on the Kindle or devices with the Kindle application on them." The other two counts Hottest Prada Backpack Online
The lawsuit has been served to the publishers, said Decker, and now the booksellers are awaiting the the defendants' action.
The two complainants joining the Book House in the lawsuit are Fiction Addiction of Greenville, South Carolina and Posman Books Prada Bag Ioffer of New York City, both of which sell digital books in addition to their more traditional hardcover and paperback sales.
This complaint follows litigation brought by the Department of Justice claiming that five of the six major publishers colluded with Apple, which sells digital books through their iBookstore, to artificially raise digital book prices. All Prada Eyeglasses Pr 11rv
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Each of the digital books sold by Amazon is formatted as an AZW file, a proprietary format that can only be read on Amazon products, such as the Kindle family of devices or other devices, such as iPads, with the Kindle application installed.
are being pursued against Amazon alone, for monopolization and attempted monopolization.
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Novotny, could not speak on the lawsuit, as it is ongoing litigation, but the Los Angeles attorney representing the booksellers, Alyson C. Decker of Blecher and Collins PC, spoke to The Record by telephone.
The class action lawsuit, filed on Feb. 15 in New York, alleges that Amazon entered into confidential contracts with the publishing houses Hachette, HarperCollins, Macmillian, Penguin, Random House, and Simon Schuster that limited the extent independent brick and mortar booksellers could sell digital books.
The Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza, Inc., a corporation owned by Susan Novotny, who also owns Market Block Books in downtown Troy, and two other independent booksellers are suing Amazon for creating a monopoly and the six major publishing houses for colluding to restrict the market on digital books.
of the publishers have since settled with the Justice Department.
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