Apple is expected to settle its antitrust case with the European Union over e-book publishing in the next two months.
European Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia said he hopes to sort out an investigation into Apple and four publishers price fixing on e-books.
The commission is considering an offer by Apple and the publishers in a bid to end the EU probe.
In December last year, the commission started investigation of the case and said that it would target five publishers, Hachette Livre, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Pearson’s Penguin and the owner of the Macmillan imprint, Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck.
The commission said that for two years, the publishers will not restrict, limit or impede e-book retailers’ ability to set, alter or reduce retail prices for e-books and/or to offer discounts or promotions.