iCollusion? Justice Department files lawsuit against Apple, publishers for eBooks deal

Apr 11, 2012
Tech

It looks like Apple’s effort to turn the page on the publishing industry by distributing eBooks via the iPad is hitting a bit of a snag. As first reported by Bloomberg Business Week, the U.S. Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against Apple and multiple publishers (Hachette SA, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin and Simon & Schuster) […]

It looks like Apple’s effort to turn the page on the publishing industry by distributing eBooks via the iPad is hitting a bit of a snag.

As first reported by Bloomberg Business Week, the U.S. Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against Apple and multiple publishers (Hachette SA, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin and Simon & Schuster) over how eBooks are priced on the iPad.

Earlier this year, Apple announced its aim to redefine the publishing industry by collaborating with major publishers to distribute textbooks and other titles directly to the iPad. Apparently, these collaborations are too close for comfort, at least as the Justice Department sees things.

Says Bloomberg Business Week:

The Justice Department is probing how Cupertino, California-based Apple changed the way publishers charged for e- books on the iPad, a person familiar with the matter said last month. CBS Corp’s Simon & Schuster, Lagardère SCA’s Hachette Book Group and News Corp’s HarperCollins are seeking to avoid a costly legal battle and could settle as soon as today, two people familiar with the matter said.

The Justice Department said it would announce an “unspecified” antitrust settlement today.

Stay tuned.

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Brad Spirrison

Brad Spirrison is the managing editor of appoLearning and Appolicious Inc. In this capacity, he has sampled and evaluated thousands of iOS and Android applications. He also holds an M.A. in Education and Media Ecology from New York University.

Spirrison worked in concert with appoLearning Expert and Instructional Technology Specialist Leslie Morris while curating and evaluating educational applications.

A longtime media and technology commentator and executive, Spirrison is also a regular contributor to ABC News, The Huffington Post, TechCrunch, Bloomberg West and The Christopher Gabriel Program.

Spirrison is married and lives with his wife and young son in Chicago. As his son was born just weeks before the debut of the iPad, Spirrison takes his work home with him and regularly samples and enjoys a variety of educational applications for young children.

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