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Authors Guild: Amazon's Hypocrisy is Breathtaking

Yesterday Amazon joined the growing group of folks opposing a book deal between Google and the Authors Guild. The etailer claimed that if approved, the deal would offer Google a monopoly on the ebook market. However, the Authors Guild has responded to Amazon's filing, claiming the company is just worried Google Books will upend the company's own plans to monopolize the ebook market.

"Amazon's hypocrisy is breathtaking. It dominates online bookselling and the fledgling e-book industry," a post on the Authors Guild website reads.

"At this moment it's trying to cement its control of the e-book industry by routinely selling e-books at a loss.  It won't do that forever, of course," the AG continues, adding that, "Eventually, when enough readers are locked in to its Kindle, everyone in the industry expects Amazon to squeeze publishers and authors. The results could be devastating for the economics of authorship."

The Authors Guild goes on to say the public has an overwhelming interest in having the settlement approved because it would make millions of out of print books available to readers.

"It offers to make millions upon millions of out-of-print books available for free online viewing at 16,500 public library buildings and more than 4,000 colleges and universities, and that's a great thing for readers, students and scholars.  The public has an overwhelming interest in having this settlement approved."

Read the full post from the Authors Guild here.