Judge rules of Apple in collusion with five publishers correct e-book prices

Apple colluded with five publishers set the price of electronic versions of books were sold via the Internet, a us court ruled yesterday.

District Judge Denise Cote said that "compelling evidence" that the technology giant played a "Central role" in collusion with publishers to fix the retail price competition and improve the e-book prices.

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The case was sent to court in New York with the Department of Justice and 33 us States. Plaintiffs alleged that the conspiracy was designed to undermine the online store Amazon's dominance of the e-book market.

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5 Responses

  1. avatar Simmy Says:
    July 15, 2013

    Well, at least, we can agree on the NBA being maintained by a cartel even if it was not a secret one. 

    I am not convinced that "best sellers," no matter which side of the Atlantic they are sold, means people actually read. It is a measure of sales and nothing more.

    I guess that the monks in the monastery scriptoriums all over Europe would argue that Gutenberg's press was an also unmitigated disaster too.

  2. avatar Thwyllo Says:
    July 15, 2013

    We don't agree. But what is absolutely true is that the NBA was never a dirty little secret kept in being by a closet cartel.

    Just as aside, while the NBA existed, the best seller in America consistently sold too few copies to even appear in the UK top ten. Bearing in mind the population difference that says one heck of a lot about levels of reding in the UK at that time. You might also be interested to look out comics of the period and consider the reading age expected in those far off days.

    Measured in results, the withdrawal of the NBA was, as expected, an unmitigated disaster.

  3. avatar J.Crew Says:
    July 15, 2013

    The NBA was never a dirty little secret kept in being by a closet cartel. 

    Furthermore, whilst the NBA was in being in general the American best seller would not have appeared on the UK top ten list, and, if you look over the comics of the period, children's reading ages were very much higher. More text books and shops which contained a wide range of quality reading were the legacy of the NBA. All now wasted.

  4. avatar Derry Says:
    July 15, 2013

    Not if the book is 50 Shades or one of that sub-standard genre. Easy to get away with reading it as an e-book because no one knows but really would you want something like that on your shelves? Increasingly I find e-books more useful when doing research because rather than me typing up the passage(s) I want to quote it's just select-copy-paste into my quotes database and from there into my journal articles, conference paper, or scholarly book.

    But just having books on shelves doesn't make one erudite, like books being labelled best-sellers doesn't mean they are read.

  5. avatar Bulmer Says:
    July 15, 2013

    The sad thing is this is true any thing important and forget all the sleeze I always check what the Daily Mail say and generally they are talking more sense on serious issues like you it is a great surprise to me but it is a fact and have much more detail than the Independent or any other paper other than the wall street journal which is my veiw the best of all the papers.

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