Apple has lost its latest attempt to soften the impact of its ebook price-fixing punishment, with a court rejecting its appeal to stay the work of the mandated antitrust monitor the Cupertino firm has been forced to pay for. Michael R. Bromwich had been employed at the court's demand to work in-house at Apple, after the company was found guilty of conspiring with five of the major publishing houses to raise ebook pricing. Unsurprisingly, Apple wasn't too keen on his presence, however - nor how much access to internal documents he would be given - though the appeals court has softened the impact a little.
Apple has announced the expansion of iBooks Textbooks and iTunes U Course Manager into additional countries across Asia, Latin America, Europe, and more. With the expansion comes the availability of iBooks Textbooks in a total of 51 countries globally, while iTunes U Course Manager is now available in 70 countries across the world, expanding educational opportunities.
Apple has officially filed its appeal against the ebook trial verdict that saw it found guilty of colluding with publishers to artificially price-fix downloads. The filing, made to the US District Court in the Southern District of New York on October 3rd, sees Apple appealing not only the ruling but Judge Denise Cote's proposed injunctions, which included long-lasting restrictions on how it could negotiate media deals as well as forced monitoring by an external watchdog.
The iBookstore lawsuit promising partial refunds for ebook buyers who paid over-the-odds for their downloads is another step closer to making payouts, with cash from Penguin and Macmillan swelling the combined coffers to $162.25m. In a new batch of emails to iBookstore customers affected by the price-fixing suit, the State Attorneys General and Class Counsel E-book Settlements responsible for managing the case - and distributing the money - confirms the new contribution from the two settling publishers, TidBITS reports, though that's not to say the cash will actually arrive any time soon.
A new set of proposed remedies suggested by the DoJ in the Apple ebook price-fixing case has tempered some of the issues the Cupertino firm complained about, but the agency maintains Apple should face tough penalties for continuing to deny any wrongdoing. The second batch of suggestions, submitted by the US Department of Justice today, come after Apple described the original set as "wildly out of proportion to any adjudicated wrongdoing or potential harm" not to mention "draconian", taking issue with calls for Amazon and other ebook vendors to be permitted links to their own download stores, and bans on any sort of negotiations with content owners that might raise the price of purchase for users.
Apple has blasted Department of Justice suggestions for how it should remedy the ebook price fixing issue, describing the fixes as a "draconian and punitive intrusion" into its business. The DoJ filed a list of remedies earlier today, including forcing Apple to allow rival ebook vendors such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble to include direct links to their own ebook stores from their apps, along with employing an "external monitor" - paid with Apple's own dime - to police the Cupertino firm. Unsurprisingly, Apple believes the suggestions are "wildly out of proportion" to the anti-competition findings, which it still claims are false.
Apple must allow Amazon, B&N, and other ebook sellers to link directly to their stores from their ereading apps, a proposed DoJ ebook antitrust settlement has suggested, as well as forcing Apple to hold off from any multimedia agreements that might increase overall market price for five years. The proposed remedy from the Department of Justice follows Apple being found guilty last month of colluding with publishers to raise ebook pricing and force rivals to the so-called "agency model" and sets out several recommendations for how the Cupertino firm could be prevented from "conspiring to thwart competition" in the years ahead.
With the release of the final set of episodes in the controversial multi-season television series Breaking Bad comes an Apple iBooks-exclusive piece of media: Alchemy. This title is appearing this week with content exclusive to the book stemming from each of the show's seasons, culminating in a full history of the Breaking Bad epic. Breaking Bad: Alchemy will also - of course - be updated after the final episode airs: August 11th.
Apple will fight the ebook price fixing ruling, the company has said today, promising to appeal the court's decision and accusing Amazon of having a "monopolistic grip on the publishing industry." The official statement follows a New York federal court ruling this morning that Apple colluded with five major publishers to force the ebook industry to the so-called "agency model" and, in the process, drive up prices - and margins - on ebook downloads for the iBookstore.