Apple tells courtroom it owns 20 percent of the ebook market in pricefixing case

Apple director Keith Moerer said in court on Tuesday that the company holds about 20 percent of the US e-book market, double the size commonly assumed. The revelation came after the Department of Justice tried to bolster its price fixing case against the company by asserting that "Apple forgot to focus on customers, that's why the iBookstore is a failure." Moerer responded that the online store has consistently held a 20 percent share since just after launching, adding that "sales grew 100 percent last year at the iBookstore and it had over 100 million customers." The government will continue trying to prove that Apple colluded with publishers like Macmillan and Harper Collins -- who settled out of court -- with testimony later today from Senior VP Eddy Cue.