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Apple set to defend self in e-book collusion case

US says price-fixing hurt readers

NEW YORK — Government lawyers are set to face off against Apple this week in a New York courtroom, trying to prove that the company conspired with publishers to raise prices in the e-book market.

But the evidence in the civil case will not just determine whether Apple­ has violated antitrust laws. It will also tell a broader story of how the introduction of e-books created upheaval in the publishing industry — with guest appearances by major players such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble and a nod to Steve Jobs, Apple’s chief executive who died in 2011.

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