“A 2010 video has surfaced of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs prognosticating that e-books would eventually wind up around the same price on most competing e-book stores,” Electronista reports.
“The video comes as the Justice Department pursues its e-book lawsuit against Apple and two other publishers for alleged price-collusion,” Electronista reports. “Depending on one’s interpretation of the video, Jobs’ statement could imply foreknowledge of publisher plans or just industry canniness, and could even figure in the Justice Department’s case.”
Electronista reports, “The video was shot on January 27, 2010, at the launch of the original iPad. In it, The Wall Street Journal‘s Walt Mossberg asks Jobs why a customer would pay $14.99 for an iBook when they could get the same e-book from Amazon for $9.99. Jobs replies that ‘[E-book] prices will be the same … the publishers are actually going to withhold their books from Amazon.’ It is unclear whether Jobs’ statement indicates some degree of insider knowledge as to the publishers’ leanings, or whether he was simply making an educated guess as to the likely outcome of the publishers’ ongoing struggles with Amazon.”
Read more in the full article here.
See the video via The Wall Street Journal / AllThingsD here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]
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