Connecticut’s top law enforcement official said on Wednesday he was conducting an antitrust investigation into how Amazon runs its eBook business.
William Tong, Attorney General of Connecticut, said in a statement that the state is “conducting an active and ongoing antitrust investigation into Amazon regarding potentially anti-competitive terms” in the distribution agreements the company has entered into for e-books with certain editors.
The investigation is the latest Amazon antitrust investigation to be made public. Officials in California and Washington have looked at how the company treats independent merchants who use its market. The Federal Trade Commission is also having its own investigation into the company, which critics say has grown into a dominant online retailer by crushing smaller competitors.
An Amazon spokesperson declined to comment. The investigation was reported earlier by the Wall Street Journal.
Amazon began selling books in the 1990s. It launched its Kindle eBook reader in 2007. The company quickly gained the attention of regulatory authorities. In 2012, the Department of Justice sued Apple, claiming it had conspired with major publishers to increase the price of eBooks beyond the $ 9.99 charged by Amazon.
Connecticut was among the states that filed their own lawsuit against Apple. Mr. Tong, a Democrat, 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.