Originally Posted by jragosta
True, but since there's still no evidence that Apple engaged in price fixing, it's a moot point.
No, in the allegation, it would be the publishers who supposedly engaged in price fixing, not Apple. Even then, the issue would be collusion, which is one of the things that can cause 'price fixing' to become illegal.
Apple is just getting dragged along, accused of being a party to said alleged collusion.
Of note, 'price fixing' can also be illegal if caused by undo pressure by a retailer forcing the manufacturer's hand, although I would imagine this would be the case mainly when said retailer is in a strong market position. Which Apple wasn't, considering they were just entering the market.
This whole thing is asinine, considering that before Apple, Amazon had an effective monopoly on ebook sales (which is never good in the long run), and Apple's entrance (while potentially causing the raising of some prices) ended up causing a more balanced market. Interestingly, the average price of ebooks has gone down since then. No kidding.