Government witness HarperCollins CEO Brian Murray expressed amazement at the $2.18 billion offer by Penguin Random House for Simon & Schuster.
The court heard on Tuesday from “a freelance writer” – bestselling horror novelist Stephen King. As a witness for the government, King, in effect, was taking the stand against his own publisher.
In 2013, in the so-called “Apple e-books case,” Amazon was the alleged victim of a conspiracy by the major publishers. Now, Amazon and the Big Five are named as co-conspirators in a suit brought by Hagens Berman, the same firm that first sued Apple.
“Readers really weren’t sensitive to the identities of the authors. They were welcoming of this diversity of voices, especially ones that had been underrepresented,” says Prof. Dana Weinberg.