Surely by now Apple should realize they're up poop creek. I mean with every other publisher settling outside of court I can't help but imagine part of that settlement was. "Hand over any emails or correspondance between yoruself and Apple which corroberates the price fixing scandal"
Although personally I will admit that I approve of the agency model when it comes to digital products. I just wish there were something involved which put the prices lower than their paperback counterparts, along the lines of.
Books sold via the iBookstore must follow the following guidelines for prices
1: At least 10% cheaper than the paperback counterparts
2: A decrimanting price structure based on genre / version / publication date.
The second is simply because of the number of decade old C++ books out there still being sold for the full $30 while version 6 of the book which came out a few months back is only $24. The information is out-dated and supersceded so why charge more? On a paperback you print it with the price, so it's stuck at that price. eBooks however you can change dynamically as time goes by.
I imagine fiction books wouldn't be subject to a decrimenting price structure, although packages would be good, buy the full trilogy and get a 15% discount etc.
And yes I am basically applying the Steam store structure to an eBook store, what can I say? It works.