Apple and guilt

Apple has been found guilty of conspiring with book publishers to raise ebook prices, at the end of one of the biggest anti-trust lawsuits ever brought by U.S. federal authorities. U.S. district judge Denise Cote ruled last week that the company played a “central role” in a conspiracy with the biggest book publishers in the U.S. to fix prices in violation of antitrust law. Executives from the companies would meet in the private dining rooms of upscale New York restaurants to bemoan the low prices charged by the ebooks market leader Amazon, and what they could do about it, Cote said in her ruling.

Beckett’s notes

A hand-written manuscript of Irish author and dramatist Samuel Beckett’s first published novel, Murphy, featuring his notes and doodles, has fetched nearly 1 million pounds at an auction here.

The University of Reading in U.K. paid 962,500 pounds for the manuscript at the auction at Sotheby’s.

Book on Kennedy

The ever-disputed investigation into the assassination of President John F. Kennedy is getting a fresh look.

Former New York Times correspondent and best-selling author Philip Shenon has a book coming out this fall that alleges “powerful” people interfered with the Warren Commission’s efforts to determine whether Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in shooting JFK in Dallas on November 22, 1963.

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