Apple case cracks open e-books, digital goods pricing

After ruling against Apple, a US District Court has ordered a new hearing to determine damages. Photo: AFP

A ruling by an American judge that Apple illegally conspired to fix e-book prices could boost competition in the market for all kinds of digital goods, including music and movies, analysts say.

Friday, 12 July, 2013, 12:16pm

For Apple, much to gain in fighting e-books case

For Apple, much to gain in fighting e-books case

Apple couldn’t have been too surprised on Wednesday when a judge slammed the company for violating antitrust laws over e-book pricing - the judge had warned in May that she believed the government could prove its case.

Accused of playing a central role in a conspiracy with publishers to eliminate retail price competition and raise e-book prices, Apple says it has done nothing wrong.

11 Jul 2013 - 12:13pm

Departure of Barnes & Noble chief may put focus on retail

The growing preference among readers for e-books has been painful for Barnes & Noble, where sales have fallen. Photo: AFP

The sudden resignation of Barnes & Noble’s chief executive could indicate the struggling bookseller is closer to breaking up and returning to basics: bookstores.

10 Jul 2013 - 11:20am

Apple warns of 'chilling effect' as antitrust trial ends

Amazon boss Jeff Bezos brandishes a Kindle tablet. Apple is accused of conspiring with US publishers to lift the price of e-books to undercut the pricing established by then-dominant Amazon. Photo: Reuters

Apple, on trial for allegedly colluding to raise the price of e-books, said an adverse ruling would have a “chilling effect” on how businesses investigate new markets.

21 Jun 2013 - 1:19pm 1 comment

Mysterious Steve Jobs emails hang over Apple trial

Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, who died in 2011, is back in the spotlight in an antitrust case involving Apple. Photo: AP

The late Steve Jobs has taken centre stage in the latest twist in the Apple antitrust trial on ebooks.

A federal court attempted to plumb the meaning of a series of unsent emails Jobs addressed to Eddy Cue, an Apple senior vice president assigned with negotiating ebook contracts with major publishers in late 2009 and early 2010 before the launch of the iPad.

18 Jun 2013 - 10:59am

'Ringleader' says Apple did not raise e-books prices

Apple is disputing US government claims that the technology giant caused ebook prices industry-wide to rise. Photo: AFP

An Apple executive at the centre of an antitrust lawsuit by the U.S. government said the company “didn’t care” what price publishers set for e-books.

Eddy Cue said he was not surprised when publishers increased prices for new and best-selling titles after Apple entered the e-books market in 2010, but he disputed that Apple caused prices industry-wide to increase.

14 Jun 2013 - 11:18am