When the U.S. Justice Department brought an antitrust complaint against Apple and five book publishing firms over pricing for e-books, e-book prices fell dramatically. Stanford law school professor Mark Lemley says, “E-book prices dropped by a third literally overnight, as Amazon was free to lower its prices. So I wouldn’t expect to see a dramatic effect on consumer prices as a result of this ruling -- we’ve already gotten the benefit of antitrust enforcement.” David Streitfeld writes that Amazon is emerging as the biggest winner in the outcome of the e-books case.

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