Canada competition watchdog probes Indigo, Kobo over e-books

Canada`s Competition Bureau said on Tuesday it is investigating Indigo Books and Music Inc, the country`s biggest bookstore chain, as part of a probe into alleged anti-competitive practices in the e-book market.

Toronto: Canada`s Competition Bureau said on Tuesday it is investigating Indigo Books and Music Inc, the country`s biggest bookstore chain, as part of a probe into alleged anti-competitive practices in the e-book market.

The competition watchdog said it sought a court order last week to compel Indigo and Japanese e-reader maker Kobo Inc to turn over records relating to the investigation. Kobo is owned by Tokyo-based ecommerce company Rakuten Inc.

The bureau said that there is no conclusion of wrongdoing by Indigo or Kobo at this time. Spokeswomen for Indigo and Kobo were not immediately reachable for comment.

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