America Justice Division could have their day in court against Apple — but they’ll have to wait for June 3, 2013 to do it. If you’re joining this story in-progress, the U.S. government has accused Apple of anti-competitive practices and collision with book publishers to “boost the prices of ebooks”. Apple claims they’re fighting to keep the market free from Amazon dominance.
Amazon Inc, which makes the Kindle e-reader, had long sold e-books for as little as $9.99. The government complaint quoted Apple’s late co-founder Steve Jobs as wanting to offer publishers a means to boost prices, and “create a real mainstream e-books market at $12.99 and $14.99.”
Apple argues it has not conspired with anyone or fixed prices for e-books in an effort to thwart Amazon’s dominance of that fast-growing market. Apple says that its foray into e-books has actually fueled demand for e-books by forcing Amazon and rivals, including Barnes Noble Inc, to compete more aggressively, including by upgrading e-reader technology.
I’m wondering why the U.S. government isn’t suing over HD movie prices as well. Because, damn.
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