Apple, publishers warned over collusion over e-book pricing

Grant Gross
11 March, 2012
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The U.S. Department of Justice has warned Apple and five U.S. book publishers that it is planning to file lawsuits against them for allegedly colluding to fix the prices of ebooks, according to a media report.

The DOJ is preparing lawsuits against Apple, Simon & Schuster, Hachette Book Group, Penguin Group, Macmillan and HarperCollins Publishers, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal, quoting anonymous sources.

A DOJ official told U.S. lawmakers in December that the agency was investigating ebook pricing. That announcement followed one by the European Union, which said it was investigating Apple and the same five publishers.

A DOJ spokeswoman declined to comment on the new report, but said the ebook investigation is still open.

Apple didn’t immediately respond to a request for comments.

Critics accuse Apple and the five publishers of setting prices in response to’s attempt to introduce a US$9.99 rate for most ebooks.

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  1. Casino Artist says:

    Sure seems wrong to price fix something that people have an easy chance to download on the down-low. Might as well make it so cheap that people just buy it rather than overprice it, giving slicker users a reason to pirate it. They gotta start getting infront of this issue to stem it.

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