After nearly two days since the Department of Justice filled the motion against Apple and other five major publishers concerning the alleged e-book pricing, the Cupertino Company decided to bring its counterpart to the accusations.
The lawsuit motion filled by the Department of Justice accused Apple Inc. to conspire along with five publishers, namely Hachette SA, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin and Simon & Schuster against Amazon’s pricing in the e-book market.
Apple’s spokesman, Tom Neumayr retorted yesterday on evening on the antitrust charges:
“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.”
Macmillan and Penguin brought a similar answer to the charges, while the rest of the publishers didn’t wait long after the motion was filled and agreed with DOJ’s settlements on Wednesday morning.