Publisher’s Weekly Releases eBook About Apple’s DOJ Case

Publisher’s Weekly has teamed up with Vook to create an eBook that recounts the history of eBook pricing called The Battle of $9.99: How Apple, Amazon, and the Big Six Publishers Changed the E-Book Business Overnight written by PW senior writer Andrew Richard Albanese.

The eBook looks at how competitiveness in the marketplace led to scandalous allegations of price collusion and turned into a major legal battle for Apple and the six largest publishers in the business. Check it out:

Little did Apple know when it introduced the iPad in 2010 that it would be setting itself up to land in federal court on price-fixing charges. This blow-by-blow account charts how five of America’s six largest publishers, afraid that bookselling powerhouse Amazon’s $9.99 price for Kindle e-books would undermine the industry, spent a few frantic weeks in early 2010 deep in negotiations with Apple to introduce a new business model for e-books, just in time for the launch of the iPad and the iBookstore. The catch is, it all may have been illegal.

Interestingly, the eBook is available through both Amazon and Apple for $1.99.