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Barnes & Noble objects to e-book settlement

Book seller says government’s proposed settlement will harm millions

Barnes & Noble isn’t happy about the proposed settlement the U.S. government has offered to Apple and some book publishers. The government sued the companies in April over colluding to fix prices on e-books, and Barnes & Noble says the proposed settlement in that suit would not only harm book sellers, but also “millions and millions” of customers.

Under the settlement, three of the five publishers named in the suit—Simon & Schuster,  Hachette Book Group and HarperCollins—agreed to end their contracts with Amazon, Google and any other e-book seller that lets publishers set their own prices (a pricing practice known as the “agency model”). Apple and the other two publishers—Penguin and Macmillan—plan to fight the suit.


Cathleen Flahardy

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