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After two days, Apple responds to DOJ: We didn’t collude

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Nearly two days after the DOJ filed suit against Apple (s AAPL) and publishers for allegedly colluding to fix e-book prices, Apple has released a short statement denying the accusations and criticizing Amazon’s “monopolistic grip.”

In a statement released last night, Apple says:

The DOJ’s accusation of collusion against Apple is simply not true. The launch of the iBookstore in 2010 fostered innovation and competition, breaking Amazon’s monopolistic grip on the publishing industry. Since then customers have benefited from eBooks that are more interactive and engaging. Just as we’ve allowed developers to set prices on the App Store, publishers set prices on the iBookstore.

You can infer from the statement that Apple will fight the DOJ in court, though the company has not said so explicitly. Two of the other publishers named in the DOJ suit, Macmillan and Penguin, refused to settle and are also headed to court. HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster and Hachette are settling; HarperCollins and Hachette admitted no wrongdoing, and S&S has not released a statement.

For more on the DOJ lawsuit, see: “Everything you need to know about the e-book lawsuit in one post