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Apple CEO Tim Cook Ordered to Testify in E-Books Antitrust Lawsuit

A U.S. District Judge has ordered Apple CEO Tim Cook to sit for a deposition in the antitrust lawsuit filed by the Justice Department against the company over alleged e-book price-fixing, reports Reuters.
U.S. District Judge Denise Cote in Manhattan granted the Justice Department's request to compel Cook to testify for four hours in the lawsuit, which accuses Apple of conspiring with five publishers to raise e-book prices.

The government had argued Cook likely had relevant information about Apple's entry into the e-books market. It also said Cook likely had conversations related to e-books with former Apple CEO Steve Jobs, who died in 2011.
The lawsuit was originally filed in April of 2012, and has focused on the so-called 'agency model' for pricing ebooks that Apple attempted to negotiate with a number of publishers.

The Department of Justice has settled with all of the book publishers initially accused, while Apple remains the main target of the suit.

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22 months ago
Good. It will be nice to hear Apples official opinion on the matter.

And perhaps while he is under oath they can as him for the release date for the new Mac Pro.
Rating: 6 Votes
22 months ago

That sounds like a good use of the CEO's time.

He needs to be putting the iPhone 6 and iOS7 together, not worrying about some alleged e-book price-fixing.


Not like he's actually doing anything productive over at Apple... How much has that stock dropped? :D
Rating: 3 Votes
22 months ago

That sounds like a good use of the CEO's time.

He needs to be putting the iPhone 6 and iOS7 together, not worrying about some alleged e-book price-fixing.


Wild guess here... the plaintiff couldn't give a rat's A Tim Cook has better things to do. Clearly Judge agrees. Also it's a CEO's job to worry about every aspect of the company; that's the whole point of "chief" preceding "executive" in the title, no?
Rating: 3 Votes
22 months ago
That sounds like a good use of the CEO's time.

He needs to be putting the iPhone 6 and iOS7 together, not worrying about some alleged e-book price-fixing.
Rating: 2 Votes
22 months ago
I really hope they are all told to lower ebook prices because in most cases the printed book is around 5 dollars cheaper.
Rating: 2 Votes
22 months ago

That sounds like a good use of the CEO's time.

He needs to be putting the iPhone 6 and iOS7 together, not worrying about some alleged e-book price-fixing.


Perhaps you might become just a bit more familiar with the duties of a corporate CEO.
Rating: 2 Votes
22 months ago

Heck. THE HOBBIT, an old book, is 9.99. You can find paperback versions of this book for a couple dollars.
also: LOTR box set (including box for all 3 books). $18.80 in paperback. Kindle price of 29.99 *BUT WAIT, BUY NOW THIS CAN BE HAD FOR A LOW LOW PRICE OF 24.99!


Hmm, I was thinking of getting the Hobbit for my Kindle so I just checked Amazon when you said it was $24.99. The kindle version is listed for $7.29 (not $24.99) and is cheaper then the paper version.

http://www.amazon.com/The-Hobbit-ebook/dp/B0079KT81G/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1363208709&sr=1-1&keywords=the+hobbit
Rating: 2 Votes
22 months ago

I'm curious. Can you name actual books and who sells them where the ebook is $5.00 more than the same paper book ? In my experience, the ebook is the same price or maybe a little cheaper than the paper book. I have never seen an ebook $5.00 more then a paper book.


nbot infrequent.
Take a browse around the Kindle store at amazon for example. in "kindle books" ( do not have access to Apples store right now to do comparison)

from best sellers section

Alex Cross, Run: Paperback 12.27, Kindle 14.99
Jodi Picult, The Storyteller: Hard Cover 16, Kindle 15.99
Will Fergusen, 419: paperback 14.44, Kindle 16.99

Heck. THE HOBBIT, an old book, is 9.99. You can find paperback versions of this book for a couple dollars.
also: LOTR box set (including box for all 3 books). $18.80 in paperback. Kindle price of 29.99 *BUT WAIT, BUY NOW THIS CAN BE HAD FOR A LOW LOW PRICE OF 24.99!

here's the thing that i think is the most troublesom with ebook pricing. is their is a tremendous difference in every price. There's no consistency to it.

there are cheaper ebook prices, there are equivelant and there are more epxnsive ones. I've seen ebook's go for 5-10 less than paper copy, and then I've seen them go for $5 more than hardcover.

In the reality of the market, for what epublishing does, the E-cost associated with distribution of ebooks should be significantly reducing the costs associated with the books. Finding ebooks that are priced equal or more than their paper copies make absolutely no sense from a logistical point of view.

There are no store front costs (employees, rent, overhead of running a brick and mortor store). There's no papermill production costs of producing the paper. no ink costs, no printing costs, no shipping costs (books are very heavy, and require a lot of energy, gas and space to ship), no warehousing costs at distributors or retail centres.

There is NO way, that retailing a book on amazon.ca and having it distribute the product over it's own digital means costs anywhere near the same as those above costs.

So why are the savings not being passed to the customer? if you told me that 90% of those additional margins go directly to the author, I'd be less hesitent, but we all know thats not how media distrubution works. The fact is that these increased margins are being directly put into profit for the distributors like Amazon and Apple and B&N and Hobo.

Don't get me wrong, you can find some amazing deals online for ebooks, if you look, and wait for them to hit. .99c for 1984 is a steal, same with 2.99 for Brave New World (buying now lol).
but the rest of the pricing is so inconsistent with anything that makes any logical sense
Rating: 1 Votes
22 months ago

1. No, it's not.
2. If it was, they could still drop the charges.
3. That misses the point of the original statement. The Obama administration could have stopped it before it went to trial.

1. Deposition phase... the case is already underway.
2. To high profile of a case to simply "drop the charges" without a d@mn good explanation. The mere look if impropriety on the administrations part would be enough to get a ton of negative attention.
3. See point 2., they would have had a lot of explaining to do.
Rating: 1 Votes
22 months ago

Really? The president can't call the AG and ask him not to prosecute a case?

He missed that opportunity a while ago. The case is already at trial.
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