Apple Says The DOJ Is Trying To Give Amazon A Competitive Advantage On Ebooks

Battle for e-textbooks heats up with new Nook company

Following up on the Department of Justice’s revised proposed punishment from Apple’s e-book antitrust case, Apple’s lawyers filed a response this morning claiming the DOJ is trying to give Amazon an unfair advantage on e-books.

Defense attorney Orin Synder said that the DOJ’s 12-page proposal is just trying to find a remedy that will give Amazon a competitive advantage again. Synder had the following to say regarding the DOJ’s proposal that Apple allow App Store developers  to sell e-books through their apps without Apple taking a cut:

Apple’s treatment of Apps used for the consumption of digital content on Apple devices is outside the scope of any injunction that might conceivably be entered in this case.

In its response, Apple says it’s totally willing to “apply the same terms and conditions to the sale or distribution of an e-book app through Apple’s App Store as Apple applies to all other apps.” Which means it’s not going to change a damn thing, because it already sells e-books in the same fashion as apps: Apple gets 30% on everything and if you don’t like it, you can shimmy over to Google Play where devs are making jack squat.

Apple hasn’t been completely uncompromising in its response, though. The company has already agreed that it will start having staggered negotiations with publishers to avoid collusion, but Apple wants to speak with publishers on its own schedule, rather than the one proposed by the DOJ.

The note finishes by stating that Apple believes the DOJ proposal will introduce needless regulation and complexity into an emerging marketplace via the addition of an external monitor, because Apple is going devote greater resources toward being antitrust compliant in the future.

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  • lwdesign1

    What we DON’T need right now is more interference in private business by the government. Free enterprise and a free market system means that companies live or die on their own pricing and delivery of quality. Apple cannot possibly have a monopoly on ebooks because there are so many other places ebooks can be purchased. If the general public doesn’t like Apple’s prices, they can then vote with their wallets by not purchasing iPhones and iPads or buying their ebooks elsewhere. It’s a simple matter and one that the DoJ has no need to barge into. The fact that the DoJ seems to be quite willing to legislate that Amazon will have a relative monopoly on ebooks if the iBookstore is put out of business, doesn’t seem to bother them at all. Go figure.

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