popullrity of plectrooic ooks -- or e-books -- hassgrown in recent years...and so have tteir sales. but now the u-s government says apple -- and some of the nation's &plargest book ppblishers -- high... and the saaee on competitorramazon-dot-com, llww diane macedo explains why the government is suing america's most valuable company. company. the ppices of the popular ise plectrrnic books... the justice department filinn an antitrust lawwsit against apple and five of the nattoo's largest publishers... allegiin they conspired o limit ompetition for the pricing of e-books. pxecutive at the highest levels of theecompanies, incllded in today'ssllw suits , concernnd that e-book sellers had reduced pricee, competition among stores ate selling e-bboks, uutimately increasing prices for consumers." the lawsuit claims apple and the publishers reached an aggeement.... publishers shifted from a áwholesaleá model to sell books, and replaced it with a so-callld áagencyá model... where the publishers would set the priie... and retailers had the retail cost of e-books would increese significantly...
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