The end to a public fight between the publishing industry and the massive e-book distributor could spell relief for authors. It also gives Amazon customers access, finally, to Hachette titles.
The book publisher criticizes Amazon's negotiation tactics in their dispute over e-book prices.
In a letter to readers and authors, the e-commerce giants asks people to email Hachette's CEO saying they want lower e-book prices.
The e-commerce company has made the book publisher a public offer: accept $9.99 e-book prices, and Amazon won't ask for more of each sale.
But Barnes & Noble is neck-and-neck with the electronics giant and sometimes surpasses Apple's market share in digital books, the high-level Apple executive said during testimony in court.
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US District Court Judge Denise Cote originally took issue with the settlement because Apple could end up only paying $70 million.
Some of the literary world's biggest names sign a letter opposing the e-commerce company's muscle-flexing with book publisher Hachette.
After the tech giant agrees to pay millions in the e-book price-fixing lawsuit, the presiding judge says, "I'm concerned about the terms of the settlement."
The settlement hinges on the success or failure of the company's appeal of a ruling that found it conspired with publishers to fix prices.