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Apple guilty in ebook price-fix trial

Apple guilty in ebook price-fix trial

Apple has been found guilty of ebook price fixing, with a New York federal judge ruling today that the Cupertino firm conspired with publishers to drive up the cost in its iBookstore. The ruling will now be followed by a trial for damages, Reuters reports, which will decide how much Apple must pay the US government and several states.

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Apple: Expect a “chilling effect” on digital if we’re found guilty over ebooks

Apple: Expect a “chilling effect” on digital if we’re found guilty over ebooks

Apple has prophesied an "chilling effect" on digital media negotiations should it be castigated over iBooks pricing allegations, though the DoJ has dismissed the claims as egotistical. Speaking during closing statements at the New York trial in which Apple is accused of conspiring with publishers to force up the prices of ebooks, Apple lead attorney Orin Snyder argued that the Department of Justice was demanding a "hermetically sealed" negotiating environment that would be detrimental to US business, CNET reports.

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Steve Jobs an ebooks doubter Eddy Cue tells iBooks price fix court

Steve Jobs an ebooks doubter Eddy Cue tells iBooks price fix court

Apple's Steve Jobs had to be convinced of the potential for ebooks on the iPad, Eddy Cue has revealed, describing how he needed to petition for iBooks support during testimony at the ebook price fixing trial this week. Cue first pitched a digital bookstore in 2009, Cue told the court, AllThingsD reports, but Jobs "wasn't interested" as at the time the iPad was yet to be launched. However, after revisiting the idea on the iPad, Jobs gave Cue's team less than three months to get the iBookstore ready for public demo at the first launch event.

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Apple reveals actual Steve Jobs ebook email (and it’s not what the DoJ used)

Apple reveals actual Steve Jobs ebook email (and it’s not what the DoJ used)

The "smoking gun" email the Department of Justice has cited as evidence of Apple's conspiracy with publishers to artificially hike ebook pricing was, in fact, only an unsent draft by Steve Jobs, the Cupertino firm's legal team has revealed. The DoJ had highlighted the email, from Jobs to SVP Eddy Cue, as a sign that Apple would pressure publishers to force Amazon into shifting to the so-called agency model of ebook pricing, which would result in more expensive downloads and, consequently, more money for the iBookstore. However, Apple revealed that the actual email Jobs sent to Cue was far less dramatic.

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Apple: We’re publishing’s saviors not ebook price-fixers

Apple: We’re publishing’s saviors not ebook price-fixers

Apple has vehemently denied conspiring with publishing industry heavyweights to artificially inflate ebook pricing, countering Department of Justice claims that Steve Jobs attempted price fixing with the argument that Apple and the rights holders were in fact strongly opposed throughout negotiations. Apple, representatives from which appeared in a New York court on Monday this week as the latest phase of the ebook price fix case kicks off, argued that the DoJ's assertion that Steve Jobs and the five big publishing houses were working together to force ebook prices up from the $9.99 Amazon had been commonly charging, to the $12.99-14.99 of the agency model, was patently false, and that the former-CEO's emails with publisher counterparts were being taken out of context.

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Apple likely to lose ebook price-fix case hints judge before trial even starts

Apple likely to lose ebook price-fix case hints judge before trial even starts

Apple is unlikely to be able to counter evidence that it conspired with publishers to inflate ebook prices, the federal judge overseeing the case has said in a surprise pre-trial comment, though the Cupertino firm vehemently disagrees. The case, set to be heard from June 3, sees the US Justice Department allege Apple along with five big name publishers aimed to raise the price of ebooks for the launch of iBooks. Apple is the final hold-out, after the publishers settled with the DoJ, but according to US District Judge Denise Cote, Reuters reports, the evidence prepared seems sufficiently damning.

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Apple granted patent for page-turn animation

Apple granted patent for page-turn animation

If you've been a long-time iOS user and also read your fair share of ebooks, then you'll know that Apple implemented a pretty cool page-turning animation when reading ebooks, meaning that sliding your finger across the screen to go to the next page resulted in the page actually turning, just like it would with a real book. And finally, USPTO has granted Apple the patent for that animation.

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DC digital comic books now available for iOS, Kindle, and NOOK devices

DC digital comic books now available for iOS, Kindle, and NOOK devices

DC Comics has announced that it will be offering its comic books on a variety of digital platforms, including Apple's iBooks, Amazon's Kindle, and Barnes & Noble's NOOK ereaders and tablets. Of course, DC Comics has been selling graphic novels in digital form for quite some time, but this is the first time that DC is officially releasing new content on a weekly basis to various big digital platforms.

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