Apple: More at Stake in Trial Than Ebook Prices

shutterstock_122793445Apple and the U.S. Department of Justice will appear in court this week to resolve the matter of alleged ebook price fixing.
 
Several antitrust lawyers we’ve spoken with don’t seem to think Apple has much of a chance of winning the case. Even the Judge involved doesn’t think it looks good for Apple.
 
If Apple does lose, there may be more at stake than just ebook prices. One antitrust lawyer believes that Apple’s reputation among consumers could suffer and likens this case to the Microsoft antitrust battle in the late 1990s that left the software giant’s reputation sullied.
 
If you’re not caught up on the case, there’s a good primer here from the New York Times.
 


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The rest of the day’s top news:
 
Samsung’s Move Into Ebooks (DBW)
Samsung has had a content and ebook platform for some time, even releasing a second version of its ebook retail and reading platform earlier this year. But now the company’s planning to step it up and it was at Book Expo America last week to meet with publishers.
 
Leaving the Rest (Pub Perspectives)
What happens to the rest of the largest U.S. publishers when Random-Penguin becomes a reality? One publishing consultant thinks we’re on the road to one massive U.S. trade publisher.
 
Evoke Wins Hackathon (DBW)
Discovery was the hot topic at this year’s publishing hackathon, a software developing contest held over a short period of time. Evoke, a young adult book discovery start-up won.  
 
How Students Feel About E-Textbooks (DBW)
Join Digital Book World for a webcast on June 11 on students and e-textbooks – data presented by Bowker.
 
Lulu’s Picture Publishing (TechCrunch)
Lulu has branched out into selling print photo books. The company’s founder explains the move.
 
Adapting to Amazon, Dealing With Random-Penguin (Pub Trends)
At last week’s Pub Launch event, industry experts tackled the big questions, including discussing how scale will affect the publishing industry, what happens to the rest of the ecosystem when Random House and Penguin finally merge and how to do business with Amazon.
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BEA Recap (Pub Lunch)
Couldn’t make it to BEA? See what others saw and heard at the U.S. publishing industry’s largest gathering.
 
BEA Back to Normal? (PW)
Book Expo America show attendees and observers tentatively offer that things seem to be getting back to normal in publishing – or at BEA anyway. It’s a view that Digital Book World can’t endorse after its own experience at the same show but not a bad read anyway.
 
The Humans of BEA (PW)
Some great pictures of BEA attendees enjoying the show.

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