WASHINGTON (AP) -- Has there been some funny business going on when it comes to the price of e-books? It's a question that the Justice Department is looking into along with the European Union and state attorneys general in the United States.
At issue is possible anti-competitive practices involving e-book sales. The EU's antitrust watchdog has already said it was investigating whether Apple helped five major publishing houses illegally raise prices for e-books when Apple launched its iPad tablet and iBookstore in 2010.
Word of the U.S.-based probe came from a Justice Department spokeswoman, who says a top official in the antitrust division confirmed the probe before a House Judiciary subcommittee.