A European Perspective on Agency Agreements for the Sale of eBooks: Happily Ever After or the End of the Story?
European University Institute
May 1, 2012
The aims of this paper are threefold:
• To examine the relevant product and geographic market (‘eBooks’ or ‘all books’? National, European or global?)
• To put recent antitrust activity relating to the pricing of eBooks into context
• To look at whether, given the activity detailed above, vertical restraints in the form of agency agreements could still play a role in the development of the market.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 43
Keywords: e-books, eBooks, Department of Justice, European Commission, Publishing industry, agency model, agency agreements
JEL Classification: L41, L42, K21, D43, L82
Date posted: July 9, 2012