Apple has responded to accusations from the US Department of Justice, filed in a suit on 11 April, that state that Apple conspired with several noted publishing houses to artificially inflate e-book pricing through the adoption of an agency pricing model.
Apple spokesman Tom Neumayr has spoken out regarding the DoJ’s suit, saying “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.”
This is reportedly a similar response to those made by Macmillan and Penguin, two of the publishers involves in the suit. Publishers HarperCollins,Simon & Schuster and Hatchette all signed settlements immediately after the suit was filed earlier this week.