E-book

  • 41 questions: Clues about the Apple e-book judge's thoughts

    What do the patterns in Judge Cote's queries tell us about where the case is headed?

    FORTUNE -- Veteran court watchers will tell you that it's dangerous to read too much into the questions judges ask during closing arguments in a trial. Some are probing, some are rhetorical, and in some cases the judge may be playing devil's advocate, seeming to take positions he or she doesn't actually hold.

    Still, in a MORE

    - Jun 23, 2013 12:55 PM ET
  • The Apple e-book antitrust case: The closing arguments

    It's as if Apple and the U.S. government were talking about two different cases.

    FORTUNE -- "At some level, this is an old fashioned price fixing case," Mark Ryan told the court as he presented the government's closing arguments in U.S.A. v. Apple -- the e-book antitrust case that ended Thursday with summations from both sides.

    Ryan started, as he put it, at the end of the story -- with the chart MORE

    - Jun 21, 2013 10:54 AM ET
  • 'The issues have shifted' says the judge in the Apple e-book trial

    She waited until the penultimate day of a three-week trial to share her feelings.

    FORTUNE -- U.S. District Judge Denise Cote, who played her cards close to the chest throughout the proceedings of the Department of Justice's antitrust case against Apple (AAPL), opened up a bit on Wednesday.

    It started with the declaration of her feelings for her iPad, and ended with something that could be more material to the outcome of MORE

    - Jun 19, 2013 1:52 PM ET
  • Apple's Eddy Cue takes the stand in e-book antitrust trial

    Hammered by the DOJ on the effect of higher e-book prices on consumers.

    FORTUNE -- With Eddy Cue finally where the Department of Justice has long wanted to put him -- in the witness chair in federal court facing civil antitrust charges -- the government seemed more interested in shaming him for raising the prices of e-books than in parsing the details of the laws he is alleged to have broken.

    According MORE

    - Jun 13, 2013 1:45 PM ET
  • Did Steve Jobs give the DOJ an antitrust smoking gun? - updated

    The old joke among Apple insiders was that the ship leaked from the top.

    FORTUNE -- Dan McCuaig, one of the Department of Justice attorneys in U.S.A. v. Apple, waited until the last hour of the sixth day of the e-book antitrust trial to pull out his smoking gun.

    The witness, Keith Moerer, head of Apple's (AAPL) iBookstore, had been on the stand for four hours. He had testified repeatedly that Apple never asked MORE

    - Jun 12, 2013 7:15 AM ET
  • Is the e-book judge starting to see things Apple's way?

    Judge Cote may be backing away from her preliminary view of the DOJ's antitrust case.

    FORTUNE -- A subtle but potentially important shift took place Thursday in the Manhattan federal courthouse where U.S. District Judge Denise Cote just wrapped up the first week of the three-week civil antitrust case known as U.S.A. v. Apple.

    One of the central questions in the case is whether Apple (AAPL) executives told the six biggest book MORE

    - Jun 7, 2013 7:41 AM ET
  • Day 4 of Apple e-book case: The meeting in Jeff Bezos's boathouse

    The name -- and property -- of Amazon's CEO surfaces in Apple's e-book antitrust trial.

    FORTUNE -- "I'm not comfortable discussing the contents of that meeting."

    That's what Russell Grandinetti, Amazon's (AMZN) vice president for Kindle content, said when asked in a Manhattan federal court Friday about a meeting he attended in Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' Seattle boathouse on Sunday Jan. 24, 2010.

    It was the only question in more than four hours MORE

    - Jun 6, 2013 2:12 PM ET
  • Apple's day in court

    Nearly 14 months after the DOJ sued Apple, the e-book antitrust case is going to trial.

    FORTUNE -- One of the big unanswered questions about the trial that opens Monday in a Manhattan federal courthouse is why Apple (AAPL) CEO Tim Cook hasn't already settled the case.

    When Attorney General Eric Holder sued Apple and five book publishers in April 2012 for allegedly conspiring against Amazon (AMZN) to raise the price of e-books, three of MORE

    - Jun 3, 2013 5:14 AM ET
  • No, Virginia, e-books don't publish themselves

    Ken Auletta addresses one of the popular myths of the Internet

    FORTUNE -- Whenever I write about the e-book business -- especially in the context of the Justice Department's antitrust suit against Apple (AAPL) and five book publishers -- someone in the comment stream invariably suggests that e-books are vastly overpriced because the publishers who sell them incur none of the usual costs of printing and distribution.

    E-books don't write or edit MORE

    - Jun 18, 2012 12:00 PM ET
  • Apple to DOJ: Bite me

    The Justice Department may regret trying to make its e-book antitrust suit stick to Apple

    FORTUNE -- I haven't had so much fun reading legal documents since the Watergate trials.

    I loved U.S. v. Apple et al. for the juicy details: the 56 phone calls, the clandestine meetings in swank Manhattan eateries, the secret e-mails "double erased" to ensure they couldn't be traced.

    But what makes Apple's (AAPL) response, filed Tuesday, such a MORE

    - May 26, 2012 7:57 AM ET
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