Apple under investigation for alleged eBook price fixing

by Sheila J Tofflemire on Monday, December 12, 2011, 1:46 pm · 1 comment

in News,Publishing,Technology

From ITProPortal:

The US Department of Justice has announced that it has started an anti-trust probe against Apple and its partners for allegedly fixing the prices of ebooks. […]

The regulators have reason to believe that Apple conspired with book publishers on its iBooks ebook platform.

If you read on in the article, it says that Apple “allowed publishers to set their own prices for the ebooks they offered.” Perhaps there’s a lot more to this story, because I can’t see how allowing publishers to set prices for their own books is considered price fixing. If publishers selling through Apple have conspired to set the same price, then that’s another story.

Since my legal knowledge is very limited, I guess I’ll have to wait and see the outcome of this investigation. Hopefully there will be a more detailed explanation when the investigation concludes.

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