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Apple has formally appealed the Department of Justice’s ebooks antitrust case, via the Associated Press. Previously, Apple has only officially complained about the power of the appointed monitor — now they are asking for the entire case to be re-evaluated.

Apple claims it was ignorant of any inter-publisher price fixing and that Apple setup iBooks through legal arrangements without knowledge of any behind-the-scenes collusion.



Apple said that the ruling is a “radical departure” from modern antitrust law. In the appeal documents, Apple said that its entrance into ebooks increased competition and resulted in “higher output, lower price levels, and accelerated innovation”.

Apple has also asked for the external compliance monitor to be suspended pending a decision on the appeal. Apple has shown a distaste to Bromwich, asking for his removal just weeks after he was instated.

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14 Responses to “Apple formally appeals ebooks antitrust ruling, asks for monitor to be suspended until a new decision is made”

  1. I still haven’t ever heard why ebooks on the Google Play store are the same price as they are on iTunes.

  2. Apple said that its entrance into ebooks increased competition and resulted in “higher output, lower price levels, and accelerated innovation”.

    What a load of BS! I saw ebook prices go up.

  3. rahhbriley says:

    Awesome!!!! I was sad they were laying down on this issue.
    There are some pretty good breakdowns of this case on the Interweb for those asking.

  4. b9bot says:

    If you have read anything lately about ebook prices, ebook prices fell to as low as $4 a book when Apple entered the ebook market contrary to what the DOJ claims. Only the top selling books rose in price. And there was lots of testimony and evidence that showed Amazon sold books the same way as Apple when it started. So if Apple is guilty of some kind of price fixing then Amazon is also guilty. And since Amazon is now in control of 90% of the ebook market they are even more guilty then Apple could have ever been. This whole case was a sham run by a puppet judge that was prejudice against Apple and predetermined Apple’s guilt publicly before the trial even started. Anyone who knows the responsibility of a real judge knows that you are not allowed to do this. That alone should at least give Apple a new trial with a different judge.