Publishers Weekly reports that Amazon settled an antitrust class action lawsuit by print-on-demand publisher Booklocker:
The Booklocker suit was in response to a decision by Amazon to make all print-on-demand publishers use its BookSurge (now CreateSpace) division if they want to sell their titles directly on the Amazon Web site or face the removal of their buy button. Under the agreement, Amazon agreed to not remove Booklocker books from its Web site or to remove the “Add to Shopping Cart” button. Amazon, which admitted to no wrongdoing, also agreed to pay $300,000 in attorney’s fees.
Francis Hamit comments, “This a terrific victory, not just for Angela Hoy, but for writers and self-publishers everywhere.”
[Thanks to Francis Hamit for the story.]