Publishers Object to E-Book Plan for Apple

Five major U.S. publishers objected to the Justice Department’s proposal to limit Apple’s influence in the electronic books market, saying it would effectively alter their existing settlements with the U.S. government.

In a court filing Wednesday afternoon, the publishers said that the U.S. Department of Justice’s demands on Apple would eliminate the use of the “agency model” for the sale and distribution of e-books for a period of five years, by prohibiting Apple from entering such agreements.

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