U.S.A. v. Apple: DOJ wants to force Apple to revamp e-book practices

“The Justice Department and 33 state attorneys general want to force Apple to sign contracts with publishers that don’t prevent Apple or other e-book stores from competing on price,” The Associated Press reports. “They want Apple to tear up its contracts with five e-book publishers and sign new ones that aren’t likely to increase prices.”

“The regulators would also like to see links between Apple and other ebook providers, such as Barnes & Noble and Amazon, to make it easier for consumers to compare prices,” Zack Whittaker reports for ZDNet. “Among the other measures, the DOJ suggests that Apple could be monitored by an external unit, paid for by Apple, to oversee the company’s internal antitrust compliance policies.”

“Despite Apple’s continued claims that it ‘did not conspire to fix ebook pricing,’ the Justice Department said it was a ‘victory for millions’ of ebook readers,” Whittaker reports. “Apple said it will appeal the decision.”

Whittaker reports, “A hearing to discuss remedies will be held on August 9. Another trial is yet to be scheduled on damages.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: There is no evidence that Apple conspired to fix ebook pricing and the U.S. DOJ is plainly inept.

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35 Comments

  1. DOJ is inept?, well they won the case. I don’t disagree that it seems ludicrous, but none the less, they did assert their claim and persevered. I do hope Apple wins on appeal.

  2. It’s easy to win a case when you pay off the judge presiding over the case before it even starts. The DOJ is getting ahead of itself with there reform requests because Apple isn’t done yet.
    They are going to appeal and appeal until a judge that hasn’t been paid off will listen and open his eyes to the facts. The facts being they did exactly like Amazon making book deals so if Apple is guilty so is Amazon. And trying to force Apple to change there iTunes Store business with Music, Movies, and TV shows isn’t gonna fly at all. This was about books, not about any other media. And like I said already it isn’t done yet. Apple has the right to appeal before they can push any changes on Apple.

  3. It was foolish of Apple to not cut a deal. Now all sorts of new suits from not only the government but developers and others will follow. The publishers knew the jig was up, Apple is in a pickle now. I know fanboys think our government is crooked, and I will get much flack, but you know that Apple has a mess ahead.

    1. @ cupertinojoe

      i am not an american. i don’t think your government is crooked, i think it is evil and corrupted to the core, which is painfully sad for me personally.

      i have been upon this earth the best part of a hundred years and i can remember all the good things America used to be; i am literally in mourning, as at the death of a good friend.

      apple may have a mess ahead but it is trivial when compared to the mess america is facing; to be honest i am not optimistic for apple or for america.

  4. “The regulators would also like to see links between Apple and other ebook providers, such as Barnes & Noble and Amazon, to make it easier for consumers to compare prices,”

    What are these guys smoking?

    Isn’t it the consumers job to search for the best price?

    1. If Apple kicked out Amazon, I would leave Apple and so would a lot of clients.

      I currently own a Macbook Pro, 27 inch iMac, iPhone 5 and a iPad 4.

      However, I am not about to be locked into only iBooks or into any platform. That is a Microsoft tactic! No Thanks.

        1. No, I am not buying a Dell.

          Apple was smart to allow Kindle Software on the iPad. Nearly every iPad owner I know has the Kindle App on their iPad. Amazon products currently rank at #50, 56) – (iBooks is #43).

          When there was some doubt about the Kindle App two years ago, I was deluged with clients worried about finding a replacement for their iPads. It turns out a significant number of Apple customers are Amazon customers. They purchased iPads because they loved having a color Kindle that could do many other things.

          The Kindle App brought many people into Apple stores. Apple employees know this because I have seen many of them recommending both iBooks and Kindle Apps to customers. (Whatever it takes to make the sale…)

          The current issue is more between Apple and the Dept of Justice than with Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

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