GADGET DESIGNER Apple is due in court on Monday, where it will defend against allegations that it fixed ebook prices in the US.
Apple is accused by the US Department of Justice (DoJ) of conspiring with publishers such as Penguin and Harper Collins in 2009 to fix ebook prices in an effort to take market share from Amazon.
The firm's three week non-jury trial begins in New York today, where the Apple will fight claims that it illegally influenced ebook prices to intentionally keep prices high.
It's thought that quotes from Steve Jobs' official biography have been cited as evidence in the case, including a quote in which the ex Apple CEO says, "We'll go to the agency model, where you set the price, and we get our 30 [percent], and yes, the customer pays a little more, but that's what you want anyway."
Despite predictions that the firm has little chance of a successful outcome in the case, Apple has long-claimed that it didn't fix ebook prices. It said in April, "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."
Five publishers were named as defendants in the lawsuit along with Apple, but they have since reached settlements. µ
'Some of us like the misery'
That'll surely affect its credit score