DOJ Takes Next Step in Punishing Apple

shutterstock_80933527Asked by Judge Denise Cote to amend its recommended remedy for Apple in the ebooks price-fixing case, the Department of Justice complied.
 
The DOJ softened its original stance on how long it would seek to control and monitor Apple’s activities in the ebook market – from ten years to five years with the possibility of extension. It also adopted a suggestion by Judge Cote that publishers only be allowed to negotiate new contracts with Apple on a staggered schedule to prevent further collusion.
 
The DOJ also clarified that its remedy did not seek to regulate the app market or in-app purchasing across Apple’s app network.
 
Most importantly, we’re one step close to strong government intervention in the ebook market – beyond what we’ve already seen. The government’s actions may have already had a strong negative impact on the viability of Nook’s digital content business. What more consequences might we see?
 
Read more at Pub Lunch about the revised DOJ proposal.
 


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The rest of the day’s top news:

Apple’s Fight (Reuters)
A good explainer on Apple’s and the DOJ’s positions and posturing until now.
 
Why Samsung Could Be the Next Apple… (The Digital Reader)
…when it comes to ebooks. The Digital Reader goes through a history of the company’s interest in the ebook market, including its recent entrees. Related: Samsung’s Big Move Into Ebooks.
 
Amazon to Go After Wireless? (BGR.com)
Amazon is taking steps to investigate whether it could build a wireless network of its own. The strategic implications: With its own high-bandwidth wireless network, Amazon could have another powerful piece of the content creation and distribution ecosystem.  
 
Kindle Key to Amazon’s China Success (Seeking Alpha)
Amazon controls under 3% of China’s e-commerce market, giving it room to grow. And with the number of people using the Internet in China set to grow by over 50% by 2015 to a whopping 800 million, the company has a lot to gain by investing in the country. Where should it place its bet? On its Kindle products, says one analyst.
 
Teens Concerned About Mobile Privacy (DBW)
Teens are adopting mobile platforms at an incredibly high rate – something for publishers of content and apps to look to today and for the future. Another trend: Teens are increasingly concerned with mobile privacy and are taking tangible actions on their devices and with their content consumption to protect it.
 
AAP Drafts Public Access Plan (PW)
At the behest of the White House, the Association of American Publishers has drafted a plan that would create a pilot project to make federally funded research freely available to the public.
 
Calibre ‘Ready,’ Finally (The Digital Reader)
Seven years after launch and 3.4 million users in, ebook content management software Calibre is finally ready to release its 1.0 version. Call it nearly continuous beta.
 
Why Adults Read Young Adult Books (BookRiot)
There are many possible reasons why adults read books meant for teenagers. But, in the end, it might just defy explanation.

 

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