Apple Officially Says They Are Not Colluding With The Publishing Industry

Posted Apr 12, 2012

Apple has officially responded to the lawsuit brought on to them by the U.S. Department of Justice. Below is a statement from Apple spokesman Tom Neumayr.

The DOJ?s accusation of collusion against Apple is simply not true. The launch of the iBookstore in 2010 fostered innovation and competition, breaking Amazon?s monopolistic grip on the publishing industry. Since then customers have benefited from eBooks that are more interactive and engaging. Just as we?ve allowed developers to set prices on the App Store, publishers set prices on the iBookstore.

Apple’s response is similar to the statements that were made by Penguin Group and MacMillan, which are two out of the five publishers that are named in the lawsuit. The three other publishers HarperCollings, Hachette, and Simon & Schuster already signed settlements with the Justice Department.