Apple Reacts to the DoJ’s Proposal
Last Friday, August 2nd, the Department of Justice released their proposed remedies for the Price Fixing Scandal. Their primary requests include:
- Termination between Apple and five publishers (Hachette Book Group (USA), HarperCollins Publishers LLc, Holtzbrinck Publishers LLC- Macmillan, Penguin Group (USA), and Simon & Schuster Inc.)
- A five year ban prohibiting Apple form entering new e-book distribution contracts
- A two year allowance for other e-book retailers to link their e-book apps to their own bookstores
- A Court appointed external monitor (whose salary and expenses are to be paid by Apple) to ensure Apple abides by the aforementioned instructions and “catch any anti-competitive activities before they result in harm to consumers”.
The complete proposal put forward by the Department of Justice can be found here.
Apple has reacted strongly to the DoJ’s proposal calling the measures “Draconian and a punitive intrusion into Apples business…” Still maintaining that they have broken no anti trust laws, Apple states further that “in any event, the conduct for which the court found it liable has ended and cannot recur as a result of the publishers’ consent decrees”.
Apple was found to have violated section one of the Sherman Act on July 10; the remedies hearing will be held on Aug. 9, 2013. The full story can be found here on Publisher’s Weekly.
The Biggest of the Bookworms in Canada
Last Tuesday, Amazon released their list of most Well-Read Cities in Canada with Vancouver, BC taking the top of the list on a per-capita basis. It was Saskatoon, SA however that showed the greatest love for Canadian authors placing third on the over all list. See the full article here, proudly posted by the Vancouver Sun.
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