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Barnes & Noble isn't too pleased, either

Amazon is crawling under the skin of book publishers and rival retailers with a new plan to purchase Internet domain names like ".book."

Amazon is currently looking to buy Internet domain names like ".book," ".author," ".app," ".wow," and ".movie." The e-tailer is reportedly planning to buy "dozens" of domain names in order to expand its reach to customers.

However, this isn't sitting well with publishers like the Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers as well as retailers like Barnes & Noble, who all say that Amazon could use these domain names to kill competition.

"Placing such generic domains in private hands is plainly anticompetitive," wrote Scott Turow, Authors Guild president, to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). "The potential for abuse seems limitless."

ICANN is a nonprofit that supervises the world's Internet domain names.

Amazon argued that owning these domain names will not lead to its monopoly in the book, app, etc. markets. The e-tailer said it was simply looking to purchase the domains in an effort to offer a dedicated platform for itself, protect its brand/reputation, create a foundation for communication and "surprise and delight our customers."

"Why should a company be able to own '' and not '.widget'?" said Stacey King, Amazon's senior corporate counsel. "There is no evidence that past 'closed' domains have led to any market power."

This certainly isn't Amazon's first run-in with publishers and retailers, and it's easy to see why: it offers an online alternative to traditional book stores at lower prices.

In 2011, the Authors Guild accused Amazon of disregarding the wishes of some U.S. trade book publishers by offering their books in the Kindle Owners' Lending Library -- after they denied Amazon this privilege.

Barnes & Noble is just one of the brick-and-mortar chains that have complained about Amazon's lack of tax collection in some states, which has given Amazon the upper hand for years. Barnes & Noble's NOOK tablet/e-readers also compete with Amazon's Kindle line for ebooks.

Source: The Wall Street Journal

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RE: Can you control the whole TLD
By Trisped on 3/11/2013 2:56:22 PM , Rating: 2
What happened with the .xxx domain? As I remember one company pushed hard for its creation. Then that one company was allowed full control (who could use the domain, how much they had to pay, what rules they had to follow).

In my mind, if domains like ".book", ".author", ".app", and ".movie" were created then they would need to be managed by an independent 3rd party. Of course the validity of the domains seems questionable. Most countries use their own domain extension. Does this mean there would also be a "" and a ""? Or would all these versions be fighting over the same domains? Isn't this just going to create more confusion?

Seems like the ICANN is more concerned with making money then making the internet easier to use.

RE: Can you control the whole TLD
By Solandri on 3/11/2013 6:09:56 PM , Rating: 3
Seems like the ICANN is more concerned with making money then making the internet easier to use.

That's exactly it. The previous spate of new TLDs (which brought you .biz, .info, .mobi, .xxx) have been pretty much a failure in everyone's eyes. Except ICANN makes money off of each one so they consider it a success.

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