The War Against Affordable Books

Thom Lambert —  28 October 2009

Last week Josh discussed the American Booksellers’ Association’s effort to get the Justice Department to pursue antitrust charges against Walmart, Target, and Amazon for engaging in a vigorous, consumer-benefiting price war. In today’s Boston Globe, Jeff Jacoby has a nice piece highlighting a bit more of the Association’s tortured logic. (HT: Don Boudreaux.) Apparently, these low prices are “devaluing the very concept of the book” and may actually discourage reading and the “sharing of ideas in the culture.” Go figure.

Here’s the Association’s letter to the DOJ in all its glory.

Thom Lambert


I am a law professor at the University of Missouri Law School. I teach antitrust law, business organizations, and contracts. My scholarship focuses on regulatory theory, with a particular emphasis on antitrust.

2 responses to The War Against Affordable Books


    Oops. Thanks, Brian. I think I fixed the link in the post.


    The Jeff Jacoby link doesn’t work. I think this is the article you meant to link to: