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E-books price war not here yet

Lawsuit spurs no huge change

NEW YORK — About now, as millions of e-readers and tablets are being slipped under Christmas trees, there was supposed to be a ferocious price war over e-books.

Last spring, the Justice Department sued five publishers and Apple Inc. on e-book­ price-fixing charges. The case was a major victory for Amazon, and there were widespread expectations — fueled by Amazon — e-book prices would plunge.

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