DoJ plans to sue Apple and major US book publishers

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16 Responses to “DoJ plans to sue Apple and major US book publishers”

  1. Teirhan says:

    Is it usual for the DoJ to warn corporations this way?  Seems like it’s just letting them know in advance which records they need to get rid of before the suit is actually brought.

    • Cowicide says:

      Well, it’s the same DoJ that allows all these giant monopolies to form via mega-mergers, etc. in the first place…  Same DoJ that thought Comcast buying NBC was perfectly cool, etc.

      This is the result of the highest bidder influencing the corrupt DoJ.  Has very little to do with actual justice and everything to do with money, money, money.

    • wizardru says:

      The DoJ is notifying them because it’s basically a tactic to get them to the table pre-litigation, in hopes of avoiding the actual case.  The DoJ wouldn’t announce it to them in this fashion unless it already HAD the material it needed for a case.  They have done similar things before.

  2. Abe Lincoln says:

    I think the DOJ needs to be reminded what “Clean Hands” are.

  3. Nick says:

    Apple can’t get rid of anything since they use Time Capsule and iCloud!

    /sarcasm 

  4. ShealaB says:

    Is there some reason Amazon isn’t named in this suit?

    • cheem says:

       Amazon wants to break the publishers and be able to set its own prices on books. On the other hand, Apple wants to work with the publishers and let the publishers set the prices. After a little kerfuffle a few years back between Amazon and Macmillan, Amazon was forced to capitulate, which was not necessarily  bad thing if you’re a signed author. I wonder whether someone’s been lobbying for this investigation…

    • I recommend the full article, which does explain the Amazon exclusion.

  5. royaltrux says:

    Good! I refuse to buy digital editions that are only pennies cheaper than the cut-down-a-tree, process it, print it, bind it, ship-it-to-your-door editions. It’s getting ridiculous.

    • Matt Moylan says:

      The proper price for an e-book is…whatever they want to sell it for. It’s a luxury item, it cannot be overpriced.

      • m0g says:

        Not sure how it’s a luxury item. Don’t forget publishers are competing with the same book in other formats, other books in the same format, and – especially relevant with internet purchases – just putting it in the wishlist and moving on.

  6. foobar says:

    I’m a big fan of Amazon, but I’d kind of like them to have a gander at their “you have to offer us the lowest price” policy. That’s anti-competitive too.

  7. scatterfingers says:

    Apple should absolutely be sued into the ground over this, and the publishers with them. Their price exclusivity contracts should also be illegal.

  8. m0g says:

    On Amazon, some Kindle book prices, particularly from Hachette, are substantially higher than the *hardcopy* price. Like, ridiculous prices. The listing is usually noted: “Price set by publisher”.

  9. cellocgw says:

    You’d think the publishers would take a look at the incredible success of sub-$5 games and apps on mobile platforms (which I think ebook readers count as), and adjust their prices accordingly.   But then, you’d think the publishers actually think.

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