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Amazon Opposes Google Book Deal

Amazon has added itself to the list of companies, countries and antitrust entities opposed to the book deal penned by Google and the Authors Guild in October of last year. The Associated Press quotes the etailer as saying the deal is, "a high-tech form of the backroom agreements that are the stuff of antitrust nightmares."

In a lengthy filing, Amazon detailed that the deal would give Google an unfair advantage when it came to pricing.

"Google's ability to offer and sell far more titles than Amazon and other booksellers will make Google's Web site the destination of choice for persons desiring to view or purchase books over the Internet," Amazon said. "Google will certainly find a way to use that economic advantage to make consumers pay more."

The Associated Press reports that Amazon's 41-page brief filed this week is just one of many expected as the Friday deadline for opposing the settlement approaches. However, while world+dog are slamming the deal, Google seems surprisingly calm about the whole thing.

"The Google books settlement is injecting more competition into the digital books space, so it's understandable why our competitors might fight hard to prevent more competition," Google spokesman Gabriel Stricker said in a statement to the AP.

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