Almost 48 hours after the US Department of Justice filed an antitrust lawsuit against Apple and five publishers over alleged ebooks price fixing, Apple decided to break the silence and go on the record about the situation.

In a comment made to AllThingsD, Apple spokesman Tom Neumayr defends the company’s position, claiming the following:

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.

It’s interesting to see Apple commenting on current legal matters, something the company rarely, if ever, did during Steve Jobs’ reign. This is just a side note though.

The important piece of information here is that Apple feels confident about this.

Earlier today, we reported about antitrust experts who claimed the DOJ has a very weak case against Apple. And with Amazon holding 80% of the ebook market, we fail to see how the DOJ will successfully prove Apple’s wrong doings. If anything, Apple’s way is better for everyone, especially Apple, of course.

  • Anonymous

    Ironically, they hold a monopole with iTunes…

  • DOJ just wants some of those $$$ Billions that Apple have since our economy is in the toilet. Hey Apple, purchase a couple states and ease the US Economy. What a joke!!! Let the cell phone companies sue each other. The DOJ needs a big cup of Shut The €?£¥ Up!!

  • Anonymous

    Apple can make doing wrong, sound right.

  • Disagree. This isn’t about a monopoly; it’s about price manipulation and setting pricing that is actually anti-competitive, anti-artistic, and pro-publishing houses. It’s collusion at its worst and it changed the market dynamic for ebooks.

  • eat a dick DOJ eat a dick

    im sure u will enjoy it

  • In a way, I am actually pretty happy for Apple, in a way, I am not. It is good, because they fought against the ebook price trolls (that’s what I call ’em), but now nobody can compete with Apple, so now Apple could be the next one. Be anti-competitive.

  • I’ve had a real hard time understanding this. From what I’ve read, Apple lets the publisher set the price, not the retailer. Isn’t Apple the retailer though? They do take 30% of the sale. It’s like the government does with gas tax. So Apple doesn’t let the publisher determine their markup and that’s somehow anticompetitive? Really confused. Perhaps a lawyer can explain this to me with some really long and complicated sentences.

  • Hatyrei

    Everything that’s in Apple ecosystem is expensive… US: broke, China: Yey 🙂