Trial details hardball tactics by Apple, Amazon and publishers in battle for control of e-books

Major publishers threatened to withhold new e-books from Amazon’s Kindle store if the Seattle company didn’t give them control over pricing, according to testimony from an Amazon executive, Russell Grandinetti, in the DOJ’s price-fixing trial against Apple. How did Amazon respond? “They yelled, screamed, and threatened,” said Penguin Group’s CEO David Shanks on the stand, counter to assertions… Read More


Apple vs. Amazon: Plot thickens with reports of iBooks event

Amazon.com’s growing rivalry with Apple appears poised to take an interesting twist. Apple is planning a press event later this month in New York City, reports Kara Swisher of AllThingsD.com, quoting anonymous sources. Alexia Tsotsis of TechCrunch follows up with confirmation and an extra detail – reporting that Apple will be announcing improvements to its iBooks platform. Translation: Look… Read More