Microsoft, Amazon.com and Yahoo plan to join a consortium to fight a proposed settlement Google has made with authors and publishers over its Google Book Search service. In May this year, Google said it planned “to build and support a digital book ecosystem to allow our partner publishers to make their books available for purchase from any Web-enabled device.” The platform would give Google the rights to commercialise digital copies of millions of books for Google book sales. The new service would provide a major rival to current market leader Amazon, while critics have argued the move would limit competition in the digital book space.
The New York Times reports that Amazon, Yahoo and Microsoft plan on joining the ‘Open Book Alliance’, a coalition, which is being formed by the Internet Archive. It plans to oppose the agreement in briefs to the court and tell the US Department of Justice that the deal is anticompetitive. Some library associations and groups representing authors also plan to join the coalition, according to the report.
From New York Times