Apple Claims It Broke "Amazon’s Monopolistic Grip" on Publishing

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Apple's delivered its response to antitrust charges leveled by the DoJ earlier in the week. Apparently the Feds have it all backwards, Apple is the hero here, not the villain.


Per an official statement from Apple spokesman Tom Neumayr delivered to AllThingsD

The DOJ's accusation of collusion against Apple is simply not true. The launch of the iBookstore in 2010 fostered innovation and competition, breaking Amazon's monopolistic grip on the publishing industry. Since then customers have benefited from eBooks that are more interactive and engaging. Just as we've allowed developers to set prices on the App Store, publishers set prices on the iBookstore.


Apple, Penguin Group, and MacMillan are all named in the suit. HarperCollins, Hachette and Simon & Schuster, were also named but opted to settle immediately. [AllThingsD via Cult of Mac]

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I guess some of you are forgetting that Amazon sells most of their books at a loss and changes prices to the detriment of the writer/publisher quite often. Which is why book stores all over the country are closing up shop, you cannot compete with a company selling the same product for less than it costs to keep it on your shelves for a month.

"I hope you will agree with our stance, and with Scott Turow, the president of the Author’s Guild, who stated, "The irony of this bites hard: our government may be on the verge of killing real competition in order to save the appearance of competition. This would be tragic for all of us who value books and the culture they support"." Ill just leave this here.