U.S. Warns Apple, Publishers
Justice Department Threatens Lawsuits, Alleging Collusion Over E-Book Pricing:
I'd love to see this actually go through court and get some real prosecutions instead of the usual out of court settlements with no admission of fault or guilt. We know the publishers are taking everyone for a ride and now we have a chance to make a difference.
Or perhaps if they go through the usual corrupt process, readers and libraries will be suitably outraged and give fuel to the open publishing movement. More universities might even consider abandoning the extortionate and unfair journal publishing pay-per-view sites and opening their archives for free and open access.
Just think what having that many more pairs of eyes on academic papers could achieve, especially from interested non-academics (outsiders). I'm thinking in terms of Mark Granovetter's much cited paper: The strength of weak ties: http://sociology.stanford.edu/people/mgranovetter/documents/granstrengthweakties.pdf