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Amazon’s pursuit of .author and .book gTLDs could spark antitrust suits

Publishers and authors are concerned about company’s plan to buy book industry-related domains

The literary community is perturbed about a plan that could give Inc. an unfair advantage when it comes to market power.

According to Thomson Reuters, publishers and authors are concerned about the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers’ (ICANN) plan to sell book industry-related generic top-level domains (gTLDs), such as .author and .book. They worry the ownership of such gTLDs could lead to market abuses. Amazon plans to purchase some of these book industry-related gTLDs.

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