Apple to Pay $450 Million to Consumers After Losing E-Book Appeal
Apple orchestrated a conspiracy among publishers to raise e-book prices, a federal appeals court ruled on Tuesday. As a result, Apple must pay the $450 million (most of it to e-book consumers) as agreed with private plaintiffs and 33 states in November reports the Wall Street Journal. “We conclude that the district court correctly decided that...
Apple Offers Discount on Hachette Pre-Orders As Amazon Dispute Continues
According to a report from Re/code, Apple has started to offer discounts on ebooks from Hachette Book Group. The Hachette Book Group is the publisher that is currently in a dispute with Amazon. Apple is promoting the sale under a "Popular Pre-Orders: $9.99 or Less" section in the iBookstore. The sale includes books from authors like...
Apple’s ‘iOS Human Interface Guidelines’ Now Available in the iBookstore
The public now has free access to Apple’s iOS Human Interface Guidelines, now available in the iBookstore in a slick looking format (previously it was only available to developers). Apple Senior Writer Dave Addey announced the release on Twitter (via MacStories), saying it was released today despite the May 10 date. Addey also credits the design...
Apple Wins Temporary Relief from eBooks Monitor
Apple has been granted a temporary relief from court-appointed eBooks monitor. Judge Denise Cote appointed Michael Bromwich last fall to ensure Apple complied with antitrust laws after she found the company guilty of conspiring with five book publishers to fix eBook prices (via Reuters). The temporary stay was granted by the 2nd US Circuit Court...
Apple Adds Gifting Option to iBookstore
Just in time for Christmas, Apple has added a gifting option to the iBookstore. First spotted by Macworld, this tiny little feature that was missing from Apple's digital bookstore is a welcome addition for all those who like to read eBooks and also have family and friends who opt to read digital books instead of...
Ebook Case Injunction Dismisses Most-Favoured Nation Clauses in Contracts
U.S. Judge Denise Cote handed down her final order in the eBook antitrust case against Apple. While her ruling is mostly in line what the U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) wanted, it could have been much worse for Apple. Most notably, Apple won't be allowed to enforce most-favoured-nation clauses (MFNs) with any eBook publishing contracts...
DoJ Accuses Publishers and Apple Again of Conspiring
Apple and the US Department of Justice will meet today to talk about the tech giant's punishment in the eBook price fixing case. Preparing for this meeting, both sides have submitted their filings to the court. While these filings contain some expected differences -- such as Apple wants a stay, and the DoJ does not...
Apple Might Have To Pay More than $166 million in eBook Conspiracy Case
Yesterday a US Judge found Apple guilty of conspiring with five publishers to fix the price of eBooks, and the company could face a bill as high as three-times $166 million, the amount paid by the publishers who settled with the DOJ. (more…)
Apple Violated Antitrust Law in eBook Case, US Judge Rules [u]
Reuters reports that Apple was found guilty of conspiring to fix the price of eBooks, US District Judge Denise Cote ruled in Manhattan. (more…)
Steve Jobs Initially Dismissed the iBookstore Idea
When Eddy Cue -- now responsible for the iBookstore, among others -- first approached Steve Jobs with the idea of creating an eBook store for the iPad, Jobs' first reaction was "no" (via AllThingsD). (more…)
Antitrust Case Brings Eddy Cue to Manhattan Court Today
Eddy Cue, the man who was praised by music label executives, as he negotiated iTunes Radio terms "with grace", will take the stand today in Manhattan to defend Apple in an antitrust lawsuit initiated by the Department of Justice. (more…)
Judge’s “Tentative View” is Against Apple in E-Book Case
US District Judge Denise Cote said the US Justice Department has evidence that Apple conspired with publishers to raise book prices, Reuters reports. (more…)