“Texas’ attorney general is investigating Apple and publishers for possible anti-competitive e-book pricing, multiple sources said on Wednesday,” Electronista reports. “At least Hachette and HarperCollins have confirmed they were asked to provide documents, but Apple is also believed to be a target. The WSJ speculates that the investigation may have to do with Apple’s preference for an agency model on the iBookstore, where publishers have control over the pricing.”
“The focus likely would be on the higher prices that have stemmed from Apple’s approach, which has transferred to Amazon as publishers negotiate similar terms for the Kindle. Although some books for the iPad cost the same $10 as they have on the Kindle, many newer bestseller titles cost $13 to $15,” Electronista reports. “Texas may be concerned that the rejection of the Kindle’s wholesale model, where books carry a fixed pre-sales price, is artificially driving prices upwards.”
Electronista reports, “It’s not clear if the investigation, which hasn’t yet resulted in formal accusations, will make progress.”
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