Amazon, Microsoft, and Yahoo Join Coalition Against Google Book Settlement

Can the collective weight of Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN), Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) and Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO) help scuttle Google’s book settlement? The three companies are banding together to join an alliance that is urging the Justice Department — which has launched a formal inquiry into the deal — to oppose it under the grounds that it is anti-competitive, the NYT reports. (The WSJ has more here).

Microsoft and Yahoo both confirm their involvement to the NYT. Amazon is not commenting, although CEO Jeff Bezos has criticized the settlement very publicly before. “It doesn