Trials & Tribulations For Apple

Andrew AlbaneseThe second week in the government’s e-book price-fixing trial against Apple has concluded with testimony from  Eddy Cue, Apple’s vice president and chief negotiator with publishers ahead of the launch of the iPad in early 2010.

On the stand, says Andrew AlbanesePublishers Weekly senior writer, Cue declared that he did not know publishers were sharing information about the various deals among themselves. Whether or not there were a “conspiracy,” Cue claimed he knew nothing about it, Albanese tells CCC’s Chris Kenneally.

Reprising his extensive reporting for PW on the case, Albanese detailed who showed up in court this week (HarperCollins CEO Brian Murray), and who did not (Random House COO Madeleine McIntosh). Albanese notes, too, that in-court testimony ultimately may not count with Judge Denise Cote as much as evidence in the form e-mails and voice mail recordings.

Every Friday, CCC’s “Beyond the Book” speaks with the editors and reporters of “Publishers Weekly” for an early look at the news that publishers, editors, authors, agents and librarians will be talking about when they return to work on Monday.

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