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EU Targets Apple In Ebook Investigation 99

Posted by timothy
from the how-many-eu-commissions-are-there? dept.
nk497 writes "The European Commission is investigating Apple and five publishers regarding ebook pricing, after raiding ebook firms earlier this year. 'The Commission will in particular investigate whether these publishing groups and Apple have engaged in illegal agreements or practices that would have the object or the effect of restricting competition,' the watchdog said."
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EU Targets Apple In Ebook Investigation

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday December 06, 2011 @11:29AM (#38280084)

    The point is that these publishers are dictating the price to Amazon and any other ebook distributors. In order to sell these ebooks, those distributors must sell at the price set by the publisher and are not allowed to give any sort of discount.

  • by slackware 3.6 (2524328) on Tuesday December 06, 2011 @11:45AM (#38280368)
    Different pricing between e-book distributors would possibly give one platform an advantage. Those evil publishers could very well be balancing out the market so one reader doesn't become the most popular because of book price rather than the readers own merit. And if one reader did get majority market share how long would they keep selling cheap books.

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