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In e-book case, Apple says publishers had already taken measures to counter Amazon

John Ribeiro | May 15, 2013
Concerned about's low pricing of e-books, publishers had taken measures as early as 2009 such as "windowing," a practice of delaying e-book releases to benefit sales of hardcover editions, Apple said in a filing in an e-book price-fixing lawsuit.

Apple counters that trade e-book prices came down after the agreements with the publishers. "The average retail price of e-books in the alleged relevant market, trade e-books, has decreased since the implementation of Apple's first agency agreements on April 1, 2010," it said in its filing.

The publishers who are defendants in the case have since settled with the DOJ.



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