Connecticut is actively investigating how Amazon.com Inc. sells and distributes digital books, according to the stateâ€™s attorney general, the latest of several state and federal probes into the tech giantâ€™s business practices.
The investigation is examining whether Amazon engaged in anticompetitive behavior in the e-book business through its agreements with certain publishers, Connecticut Attorney General William Tong said in a statement.
Connecticut asked Amazon to provide documents related to its dealings with five of the largest U.S. book publishers, according to a subpoena issued in 2019. The Tech Transparency Project, a nonprofit that investigates technology platforms, obtained the subpoena through an open records request and shared it with The Wall Street Journal.
Amazon declined to comment. A spokeswoman for Mr. Tong said the company has cooperated with the subpoena.
Connecticut has previously taken interest in the e-book business. In 2012, the U.S. Justice Department alleged in a civil antitrust lawsuit that five major publishers and Apple Inc. had worked together to raise e-book prices. Connecticut, along with Texas, led a similar legal effort by a group of states.
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