Apple is finally speaking out about being sued by the Justice Department over allegedly colluding with publishers to fix the prices of eBooks.
Apple spokesman Tom Neumayr released this statement, which was first published on AllThingsDigital. He writes:
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.
Macmillan and Penguin will also fight the DOJ in court. Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins, and Hachette each reached their own settlement with the Justice Department.