The US Department of Justice says it's willing to cut the length of an injunction against Apple in half to five years but says having an external monitor is required.
Five of the major publishers are urging the Justice Department to rethink its proposed remedy that calls on Apple to change its e-book pricing plan.
A US judge has named and appointed a monitor to oversee Apple's compliance with antitrust laws, part of a ruling made earlier this year in the e-books case.
The agreement between Apple and Australian watchdogs falls in line with the country's Australian Consumer Law.
US Judge Denise Cote, who ruled that Apple conspired to fix e-book prices, denies the company's attempt to throw off a monitor that was appointed to oversee its antitrust compliance.
The two companies have accused SK Hynix of illegally obtaining data relating to NAND flash memory technology.
Apple would need to pay for an external monitor, sever deals with publishers, and let Amazon and Barnes & Noble link their iOS e-book apps to their respective online stores, among other proposed measures.
Apple's attorney files a notice of appeal, which seeks to overturn a federal judge's decision that Apple orchestrated a conspiracy to cut out e-book competition and raise prices, as well as penalties the judge ordered.
The search giant's latest concessions to settle the dispute are seen as a positive step by the European Commission.
An external monitor will be in place for two years to ensure that Apple complies with the court's orders. But the judge excluded other remedies the government had suggested.