Apple, e-books and the free market
Apple is guilty, according to a Federal judge.
So, I'm trying really hard to understand what Apple did wrong here. They opened a storefront for book publishers to sell their wares. Apple said "publishers, sell at your own prices...whatever you think is fair. We're charging a 30% convenience fee for use of the store". Apple said "in a sense of fairness, the same deal holds true for all publishers. We're not cutting special deals fo Simon and Schuster and worse deals for Random House. It's a level playing field".
The government now says that's not fair. It's price fixing (to allow the product owner to set their own price of their own volition without any influence from the storefront) and it's a conspiracy against Amazon. Meanwhile Amazon tells publishers we won't carry your e-books unless you agree to our price of $9.99. And Amazon needs to be protected in that manner, because otherwise publishers would have an option to make more money somewhere else?
Thank goodness we live in a capitalist society with a free market.
I guess I just don't quite get it.