Amazon backs down and settles antitrust case

Mighty bookseller Amazon has backed down from its demand that print on demand (POD) publishers have to start paying it money to print books.

Amazon said that if the POD people didn’t pay to print the books, it would remove the buy it now buttons from its website.

That caused an online revolt among some publishers, although others bit the Amazon bullet and signed on the Amazon/Booksurge bottom line.

The case went to court and while Amazon failed to dismiss the litigation, Amazon has finally settled.

The final settlement is here – Amazon has buckled under. It’s a big victory for independent publishers.

Amazon will pay Boocklocker’s costs of $300,000. There’s comment on the case, here.