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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: 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’s iBookstore now available in Japan

Apple’s iBookstore now available in Japan

Apple has launched its iBookstore in Japan, bringing content from a variety of publishers to its Japanese customers. Offerings include both indie publications and major titles, digital exclusives, and titles enhanced specifically for the iPad. This brings the total number of countries where the iBookstore is available to 51.

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US DOJ could lose ebook price fixing lawsuit

US DOJ could lose ebook price fixing lawsuit

The US Department of Justice brought a lawsuit against Apple and ebook publishers yesterday regarding price fixing, and already three companies have settled. Hachette, HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster will have to break their current contracts with Apple and negotiate new ones. While it’s indicates an early victory for the DOJ, CNET believes that the agency won’t have the same success with Apple.

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Marvel graphic novels land on iBookstore

Marvel graphic novels land on iBookstore

If you're an iPad toting fan of Marvel graphic novels, you can get your reading fix on your Apple gadgets via the iBookstore now. Marvel has announced that 80 of its graphic novels are now available for download from the Apple digital bookstore. It appears that at least one of these graphic novels is available free to get you started. Pricing on the digital books depends on the content, apparently starting at $6.99 and up.

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350,000 iBooks textbooks downloaded in three days

350,000 iBooks textbooks downloaded in three days

Apple's iBooks 2 digital textbook launch last week may not have convinced everyone that the classroom is the best place for the iPad, but over 350,000 downloads of textbooks in the first three days of availability suggests there's big demand for learning on the iOS slate. The figures were tracked by Global Equities Research's proprietary monitoring system, AllThingsD reports, while downloads of the free iBooks Author tool have also apparently been successful.

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