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Wirebound’s Friday roundup of what’s been going on in the world of publishing technology this week…
EU regulators are on the point of agreeing an offer from Apple and four publishers that will end an antitrust probe into e-book pricing, Reuters has reported. The agency’s sources said that the settlement, described by one ebook publisher as “another win for Amazon”, would terminate arrangements that prevented Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins, Hachette and MacMillan from undercutting Apple’s charges.
US e-book sales continue to show signs of tailing off, new figures from Bowker Market Research suggest. E-books accounted for 22 per cent of all book spending in the second quarter of 2012, up from 14 per cent in the same period last year but having risen by a single percentage point on the first three months of the year.