Apple released their first official statement responding to the DoJ’s antitrust suit against Apple and five major publishers and equates to an eloquently put middle finger.
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 spokesman Tom Neumayr.
Still, the settlement between the other three publishers means that the “wild west” of e-book sales is back. However, the last statement is a little misleading. Before the App Store there were no apps, but, before iBooks there were e-books on the iOS platform. Apple’s agreement with publishers effectively crippled e-book resellers, and third-party bookstores from selling on the content on the iOS platform. Apple has removed the clause from its agreements that prevents publishers from selling books cheaper outside of the iBookstore, but like I’ve mentioned before, the damage has already been done.
Source: All Things D