Representatives from the American Booksellers Association (ABA) visited the Department of Justice (DOJ) to defend the agency model. The government agency is investigating Apple and five major publishers  for breaking antitrust laws as they set eBook prices.

At the March meeting, association CEO Oren Teicher, president Becky Anderson, vice president Steve Bercu and association general counsel Deanne Ottaviano urged the DOJ to keep the agency model in place after an investigation into the eBook pricing model.

Teicher explained what happened in the meeting in a letter to ABA members yesterday. Below, we’ve included a long excerpt from the letter.

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