“Apple and five publishers are to be investigated over anti-competitive practice in the e-book market, says the European Union’s anti-trust watchdog,” BBC News reports.

“As well as the tech giant, the inquiry centres on Hachette Livre, Penguin, Harper Collins, Simon & Schuster and Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holzbrinck,” The Beeb reports. “The Commission said it would focus on alleged illegal agreements restricting competition in the EU.”

The Beeb reports, “The character and terms of agreements that the companies made with agencies are to be examined for breaches of EU rules on cartels, the Commission said… Apple’s iBook store [sic], which supplies e-books to the company’s iPad tablet computer and the iPhone, is likely to come under scrutiny.”

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