E-Book Trial: Apple Counters Jobs’s Email With Jobs’s Email
On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Justice revealed what appeared to be an especially strong piece of supporting evidence for its antitrust case against Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL). The evidence was an email response from Steve Jobs to Eddy Cue regarding a potential increase in the price caps granted to publishers.
Government lawyer Dan McCuaig revealed the existence of the email while he was questioning Keith Moerer, the head of Apple’s iBookstore. In the email, Jobs wrote, “I can live with this, as long as they move Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) to the agent model too for new releases for the first year. If they don’t, I’m not sure we can be competitive…” The government contends that this email is proof that Jobs was trying to force Amazon into adopting the agency model, which led to higher overall e-book prices for consumers.
However, it turned out that this email was only a draft version that was never actually sent by Jobs. Now the Cupertino-based company has revealed Jobs’s actual email response to Cue’s query. Apple believes that the final draft of the email demonstrates that Jobs was not seeking to force Amazon to the agency model.