Originally Posted by speakingtohe
Who has actually stated this as the intent? The scholarly kitchen has said that perhaps it is the rationale behind the merger, but did not quote anyone as saying this was the intent. If a Random house or Penguin person has actually stated that that is their intent as you seem to be saying, then I am wondering why this has received less media attention and mass protests from authors, consumers, courts etc. While not collusion, such a statement of intent would seem to be enough to squash any merger.
It was in the original blog post/press release.
It has been quoted extensively in PW, the euro media, and the rest of the publisher-friendly sites.
The Economist also made a point of it in their coverage.
As to why nobody is screaming; hey, it's Amazon they intend to screw over...