Feeds

UK probes ebook pricing

Why so much?

The essential guide to IT transformation

The Office of Fair Trading has confirmed it has opened an investigation into ebook pricing following complaints.

The competition regulator said it is investigating "arrangements between certain publishers and retailers for the sale of ebooks".

The OFT said it had received a significant number of complaints, but the fact that it had opened an investigation did not mean any company had broken competition rules.

The probe is being led by Andrew Groves under the Competition Act of 1998, which looks at conduct which may have a damaging effect on competition in the UK.

The OFT statement on its investigation into ebooks is here.

Some observers expected the launch of Amazon's Kindle in the UK would see a fall in prices. But it coincided with a move to "agency pricing" – essentially a resurrected Net Book Agreement which allows publishers to set retail prices for downloaded books.

Amazon now sells more ebooks than it does book books. ®

The essential guide to IT transformation

More from The Register

next story
6 Obvious Reasons Why Facebook Will Ban This Article (Thank God)
Clampdown on clickbait ... and El Reg is OK with this
So, Apple won't sell cheap kit? Prepare the iOS garden wall WRECKING BALL
It can throw the low cost race if it looks to the cloud
Time Warner Cable customers SQUEAL as US network goes offline
A rude awakening: North Americans greeted with outage drama
Shoot-em-up: Sony Online Entertainment hit by 'large scale DDoS attack'
Games disrupted as firm struggles to control network
BT customers face broadband and landline price hikes
Poor punters won't be affected, telecoms giant claims
Netflix swallows yet another bitter pill, inks peering deal with TWC
Net neutrality crusader once again pays up for priority access
EE plonks 4G in UK Prime Minister's backyard
OK, his constituency. Brace yourself for EXTRA #selfies
prev story

Whitepapers

Top 10 endpoint backup mistakes
Avoid the ten endpoint backup mistakes to ensure that your critical corporate data is protected and end user productivity is improved.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Backing up distributed data
Eliminating the redundant use of bandwidth and storage capacity and application consolidation in the modern data center.
The essential guide to IT transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIOs automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.