Apple E-Books Ruling Won’t Do Much for Consumers

“I wouldn’t expect to see a dramatic effect on consumer prices as a result of this ruling.”

Paperback Version of Jobs Best-Selling Bio to Be Released in Fall, With New Cover Shot of Young Steve

A new look for a new version of the book about tech’s greatest icon.

Apple Alone Fighting DOJ E-Book Suit After Macmillan Settlement

And then there was Apple …

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Justice Department, Penguin Reach Settlement on E-Book Pricing

The Justice Department said today it had reached a settlement with Penguin Group (USA), one of six companies it had accused of conspiring to raise prices of e-books. The agreement, if approved by the court, would leave only two companies — Apple and Macmillan — facing the lawsuit, due to go to trial in June. Settlements were reached earlier with Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster.

Kindle Users to Get Refunds and Lower Prices on E-Books After Settlement

Buy a lot of e-books? Thank your state attorney general for the credit you’ll get next year.

Feds to E-Book Settlement Critics: Haters Gonna Hate

The Department of Justice defends its deal with three big publishers it accused of price-fixing. And it previews its coming court fight with Apple.

U.S. Warns Apple, Publishers

The Justice Department has warned Apple Inc. and five of the biggest U.S. publishers that it plans to sue them for allegedly colluding to raise the price of electronic books, according to people familiar with the matter.

Pulling Back Apple’s Magic Curtain: Fortune’s Lashinsky Talks About New Book (Video)

And you’ll be interested to see what he found.

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Steve Jobs Biography Arrives in October, a Month Early

Steve Jobs’s death has prompted Simon & Schuster to move up the publication date for his much-anticipated biography by Walter Issacson. The CBS-owned publishing unit has moved up the release date for “Steve Jobs” from Nov. 21 to Oct. 24. Not surprisingly, preorders for the book are skyrocketing, and the title now tops bestseller lists at both Amazon and Apple’s iTunes.

Fortune’s Lashinsky Penning an “Inside Apple” Book

Adam Lashinsky, Fortune magazine’s high-profile Silicon Valley reporter, will be penning a book titled “Inside Apple: How America’s Most Admired — and Secretive — Company Really Works.”

Steve Jobs Preps His Own iBook