Apple Willing To Stand Trial On E-Book Price-Fixing Allegations

Apple Willing To Stand Trial On E-Book Price-Fixing Allegations

Even though three of the publishers accused of colluding with Apple to fix prices on e-books have already settled with the Dept. of Justice, the electronics giant continues to assert its innocence and wants the opportunity to answer the charges in court. [More]

Apple Insists They're Totally Not Fixing Any E-Book Prices

Apple Insists They're Totally Not Fixing Any E-Book Prices

In the midst of a lawsuit from the Department of Justice, Apple is all, “What? Who? Us? Price fixing e-books? No! Never!” They issued a statement saying they weren’t involved in conspiring with major publishers to set the price of e-books in an agency model, and that anyway, agency models are a benefit to the industry. [More]

DOJ Agrees On E-Book Price-Fixing Settlement With Three Publishers

DOJ Agrees On E-Book Price-Fixing Settlement With Three Publishers

Only hours after filing suit against Apple and six book publishers over allegations of e-book price-fixing, the Justice Dept. said has agreed on settlement terms with three of those publishing companies — HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, and Hachette. [More]

DOJ Reportedly Close To Deal That Would Lower E-Book Prices

DOJ Reportedly Close To Deal That Would Lower E-Book Prices

Ever since Apple got into the e-book business, publishers have been determining their own prices for titles, meaning that e-books, in spite of having minimal overhead costs, are often sold for higher prices than their print counterparts. But it looks like the Justice Dept. antitrust investigation into this so-called “agency pricing” model is nearing an end — and may result in more affordable e-books for everyone. [More]

Harry Potter Series Arrives In E-Book Format To The Delight Of Wannabe Wizards

Harry Potter Series Arrives In E-Book Format To The Delight Of Wannabe Wizards

Perhaps lugging around a thick paper copy of any of the seven books in the Harry Potter series has deterred you from indulging in a re-read, or even attempting a first go at the books. But starting today, J.K. Rowling’s novels involving the world of wizards are available in e-book format. [More]

Department Of Justice Joins E-book Pricing Probe

Department Of Justice Joins E-book Pricing Probe

The U.S Department of Justice has joined its counterparts in the European Union in looking into the pricing of e-books. A Justice Department spokesperson confirmed that the agency’s probe was concerned with the possible “anticompetitive practices involving e-book sales.” [More]

European Officials Investigate Possible E-Book Cartel Involving Apple

European Officials Investigate Possible E-Book Cartel Involving Apple

In a page ripped from the script of Scarface, except switch out drugs for e-books and Tony Montana for Apple, European Union anti-trust officials are looking in to whether five publishers of e-books have colluded with the makers of the iPad, offering them lower book prices than they do for everyone else. [More]

When It Comes To Kids, Parents Pick Paper Over E-Books

When It Comes To Kids, Parents Pick Paper Over E-Books

We might be living in a digital world, but it seems paper children’s books still hold sway for parents over e-books. Because really, picture that lovely iPad touch screen with apple sauce fingerprints on it. [More]

Is Amazon Working On A Cheap Smartphone?

Is Amazon Working On A Cheap Smartphone?

Analysts at Citibank report that, based on their “supply chain channel” research, they believe Amazon is following up on its low-priced Kindles with a smartphone, which could be released next year. They speculate that Amazon could sell the phone at a loss, and presumably make up the difference by selling e-books, music and other digital media to mobile customers. [More]

Report: Apple Tells Sony It Can't Sell E-Books Through Its App

Report: Apple Tells Sony It Can't Sell E-Books Through Its App

The battle over the e-book market has just gotten a little nastier. According to Sony, Apple is now telling some application developers that they can not create apps for the iPad and iPhone that would allow users to purchase content — or even be able to access content — that isn’t sold through its App Store. [More]

10 Companies That Were Once Great But Now Kinda Suck

10 Companies That Were Once Great But Now Kinda Suck

There was a time when many of us got our videos at Blockbuster after shopping for a Sony Discman at Sears, all while talking on our Motorola phone. All of these companies have had their glory days, but now they’re on the U.S. News & World Report’s list of 10 Companies That Have Lost Their Edge. [More]

Connecticut AG Investigating Apple & Amazon Over E-Book Price Fixing

Connecticut AG Investigating Apple & Amazon Over E-Book Price Fixing

Amazon’s Kindle e-reader is the online retailer’s top-selling single item, and the company recently announced that its sales of e-books has outpaced sales of hardcover titles. Meanwhile, Apple has jumped into the e-book market with both feet, selling titles for reading on its iPad tablet computers. But now the Attorney General in Connecticut has launched an investigation into the pricing plans that both companies have hammered out with book publishers. [More]

Google To Join The E-Book Fray With New Store

Google To Join The E-Book Fray With New Store

Because there apparently aren’t enough gunslingers at the e-book OK Corral, Google announced today that they plan on joining the battle royale when they open their online e-book store sometime this summer. [More]

Amazon Cuts Penguin Hardcovers To $9.99 In Fight Over E-book Pricing

Amazon Cuts Penguin Hardcovers To $9.99 In Fight Over E-book Pricing

If you want to read recent Penguin releases like Roger Lowenstein’s “The End of Wall Street” on your Kindle, you may have to wait a while, since Amazon and Penguin are still fighting over pricing. If you’re willing to buy the hardbound version, though, Amazon has a deal for you: To pressure Penguin, Amazon is pricing recent Penguin releases at a very Kindle-esque $9.99. [More]

Amazon Releases Kindle For Mac

Amazon Releases Kindle For Mac

Until now, if a Mac owner wanted to read a Kindle e-book on his computer, they were out of luck (or used something like Parallels and had the Kindle for PC app running on Windows). But that all ended today, with the release of Kindle for Mac. [More]

Macmillan E-Books Will Now Cost $15 On Amazon

Macmillan E-Books Will Now Cost $15 On Amazon

After refusing to sell any Macmillan books or ebooks for three days, Amazon.com today gave in to demands by the publisher that it start charging $15 for Macmillan ebooks, rather than Amazon’s customary $9.99. In a statement, Amazon warned that customers might “rebel against such a high price for books that cost far less to distribute than physical books.” Will they also rebel against a $259, black-and-white, DRM-laden e-reader that doesn’t let you share or re-sell books that you “own,” and can yank them back without notice at any time? [More]

Amazon Tries To Clarify Download Limits For Kindle Books, Doesn't Quite Succeed

Amazon Tries To Clarify Download Limits For Kindle Books, Doesn't Quite Succeed

Dan, the Kindle owner who last week found that some of the books he’d purchased were no longer available to download due to unspecified limitations set by the publisher, spoke to more Amazon reps on Sunday. They clarified the DRM policy. Well, sort of.