After the cone of silence for the last few days, an Apple spokesperson commented on the antitrust lawsuit brought by the U.S. Department of Justice against the company and several publishers. Peter Kafka of AllThingsD posted this statement from Apple's Tom Neumayr:
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.
Antitrust experts say feds have "far better case" for price fixing against publishers, three of which have settled, than they do against Apple.
Book publishers are being sued by the Justice Department for allegedly colluding to raise e-book prices. This isn't a case of simple greed.
Amazon says it is looking forward to lowering prices on e-books again following news that that U.S. government is investigating whether Apple and book publishers colluded on e-book pricing.