CBE October Library Newsletter: New ALA Report Cites Abusive Pricing by Major Publishers
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New ALA Report Cites Abusive Pricing, Denial and Delay of Sales to Libraries by Major Publishers
ALA denounces Amazon, Macmillan in response to congressional inquiry on competition in digital markets

he American Library Association (ALA) publicly released a report October 24 explaining that current practices by content publishers and distributors in digital markets limit libraries’ ability to deliver core services. The report was submitted in response to an inquiry from the US House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial, and Administrative Law. It underscores practices by companies like Amazon and Macmillan Publishers “that threaten Americans’ right to read what and how they choose and imperil other fundamental First Amendment freedoms,” according to a statement issued by the Association. The report urges lawmakers to curb what ALA calls anticompetitive practices of digital market actors.

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