The highly awaited sale of new top-level domains (TLDs), progresses into a full-scale war between publishing companies and the Amazon giant. Amazon’s request to own new suffixes like .book, .author and .read, provoked the ire of the Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers.
In their complaint to the ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers), they strongly opposed the idea, arguing that giving Amazon control over these addressed, would be a threat to competition. Amazon has also applied for names like .movie, .app and .like, as well as many in foreign languages, but only the book related requests raised such dispute.
Indicatively, Scott Turov, novelist and president of the Authors Guild, wrote: “Placing such generic domains in private hands is plainly anticompetitive, allowing already dominant, well-capitalized companies to expand and entrench their market power. The potential for abuse seems limitless.”
For the record, applications for the new domain names cost $185,000 each and their storage in ICANN’s database will cost another $ 25,000 per year. So, according to rough estimations, Amazon has already spent more than $10 million for all its applications.