Apple disputes this in a second filing, also made on April 26 and
released on Tuesday. It says that e-book demand “exploded” with
Apple’s iPad launch, and the average retail price of an e-book
dropped to $7.34 from $7.97.
In a filing released on Tuesday, the Justice Department said that
Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO at the time, “conceded the price-fixing
conspiracy” when he told his biographer that Apple had “told the
publishers, ‘We’ll go to the agency model, where you set the
price, and we get our 30 percent, and yes, the customer pays a
little more, but that’s what you want anyway.’”
If anyone else at Apple had revealed this to a writer, they’d have been fired (by Jobs) immediately. I question Jobs’s judgment in picking Isaacson to write the book in the first place, but no matter who he’d chosen to write the book, he should have held himself to the same standards he held his employees to when it came to keeping the company’s internal workings private.