Australia next to take aim at Apple over e-book pricing?

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Just one day after Apple was charged by the U.S. Department of Justice with artificially inflating e-book prices, a report out of Australia says competition watchdogs in that country are considering doing the same.

The Australia Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has asked local retailers who are concerned about e-book pricing to formally file a complaint with its office, according to The Australian Financial Review. The move could prove to be a precursor to a full investigation of Apple’s e-book practices.

“Competition concerns may arise where traders seek to restrict the discounting of products by way of restrictive arrangements with suppliers,” the ACCC told the Financial Review. “Retailers with concerns should raise them with the ACCC.”

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