In 2010, beginning with Macmillan, 5 of the big 6 publishers in the world, began imposing retail price maintenance on the digital book world. This meant that retailers like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Fictionwise, Sony, Kobo, and the like would not be able to discount or include books in promotional events or allow readers to use coupons.
The Department of Justice began investigating in 2011 and in 2012, filed suit against five publishers and Apple for price fixing.
Three of the publishers agreed to a settlement which would allow retailers to once again provide discounts and would prevent price fixing agreements between the publishers. The public has an opportunity to comment for 60 days on the fairness of the settlement. There are some individuals and organizations who are fighting against this settlement and have urged supporters to write to the DOJ. This website was developed to allow readers and consumers to have a say.