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The American-Statesman is reporting today that an anti-trust trial is starting in New York against Apple, among others.

The government contends Apple conspired with publishers of e-books to set prices.

No doubt.

I don't know whether Apple was an instigator, but I do know that there's something very funny about e-book pricing, especially how high those prices are.

I've written about my dismay over the cost of an e-book in this space before, but did not know at the time about this lawsuit.

The government is right to go after the big boys in publishing and Apple, if the evidence points in that direction, because the reading public has definitely been and continues to be ripped off.

Amazon started setting prices at $9.99 for e-books. That was certainly not low, given the cost of "publishing" an e-book. But, now a lot of e-books offered by Amazon and others are priced at much higher rates than that.

There's just no justification for those prices.

That's not what the government case is about, but maybe it should be.

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