For those of you playing along at home, the Department of Justice has filed suit against Apple and a handful of major publishers who worked together to set an agency pricing model for e-books, in order to combat the predatory pricing, vertical integration, and generally monopolistic practices Amazon has been employing to effectively drive booksellers, publishers, authors, and, yes, even readers into the ground. A few have already settled; others are taking this all the way to court.
The hearings begin June 3, 2013.
If you haven't read Shelf Awareness's article concerning the open letter to the DOJ by Bill Petrocelli, who owns Book Passage (San Francisco, CA) and is a lawyer, I highly recommend you do. They also provide a link to the letter's full-text.
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