Amazon draws fire in bid for book domains

The book world is crying foul over Amazon.com's quest to control an array of new domain names. The Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers argue that allowing Amazon to own such Web addresses as ".book," ".author," and ".read" would crush competition.

Troubled chain Barnes & Noble also opposes Amazon's request, citing the Internet giant's firm grip on the industry. It says Amazon controls about 60 percent of the e-book market and 25 percent of the physical-book market.

Granting Amazon exclusive use of the addresses, known as top-level domain names, "would stifle competition in the bookselling and publishing industries, which are critical to the future of copyrighted expression in the United States," the chain said in a letter to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN.

ICANN, a nonprofit overseeing Web domain names, last year began a process to expand the Internet's addressing system well beyond the now common ".com". It received about 1,930 proposals for 1,400 different suffixes.


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