Arguments have closed in U.S. v. Apple, Inc., et al, the Department of Justice’s lawsuit alleging that Apple colluded with publishers to fix eBook prices. No matter what the outcome of the trial, agency agreements altered the publishing landscape dramatically.
The DOJ chart embedded above shows “eBook Retailers’ Shares of eBook Revenue, March 2009-March 2012.” The red, purple and light blue lines illustrate where the agency model for eBook pricing began at different publishers–transforming the eBook marketplace (click to enlarge).
Berkeley Competition Policy Center chair and emeritus Berkeley economics professor Richard J. Gilbert created that chart for the DOJ. You can download a PDF copy of Gilbert’s 108 pages of testimony.