The illiterate public is outraged after learning that Apple conspired with five publishers to aggressively raise eBook prices. At a hearing in Manhattan, U.S. District Judge Denise Cote approved a settlement from Apple, priced at the hefty sum of $450 million. If Apple isn't able to appeal the ruling, the company will have to pay out $400 million to consumers and $50 million to lawyers for its central role in the violation of antitrust laws.

In its attempt to thwart its rival, and engage in eBook price-fixing, Apple worked with multiple publishers: Hachette Book Group Inc, HarperCollins Publishers LLC, Penguin Group (USA) Inc, Simon & Schuster Inc, and Macmillan. Unhappy with the low retail pricing of eBooks on Amazon, these publishers hatched a price-fixing scheme with Apple. Think Ocean's Eleven, with the iPad folks as Clooney.

In her decision, Judge Cote concluded, "The plaintiffs have shown that the publisher defendants conspired with each other to eliminate retail price competition in order to raise e-book prices, and that Apple played a central role in facilitating and executing that conspiracy."

The V+CO news team hit the streets to find out what the public thinks of this ruling.

"I haven't read a book in years," says one random citizen. "My attention span dwindles with each passing month, and frankly, if there's a YouTube video that's more than 1 minute 5 seconds, I just don't click it. It's not worth the restlessness. But I think it's messed up that Apple and those publishers tried so hard to make money from books I would never buy." Another indignant citizen commented, "I personally think that 140 characters is just too wordy for a tweet, and Twitter needs to clamp down on its character limitations. By my standards, books are like an assault upon my comprehension. Still, I am so freaking mad that Apple wanted to charge me an amount of money for books that would ensure the steadily dying medium saw a decent bit of profit before its ugly demise!"

Citizens are now rallying together to ensure that the agricultural industry isn't conspiring to raise the prices of vegetables, because on some level they just want to know that they could hypothetically afford a carrot if they ever wanted one.

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