US senator tells DOJ to drop e-books suit

Dara Kerr for CNet:

New York Sen. Charles Schumer reprimanded the Department of Justice today for filing its e-book antitrust lawsuit against Apple. Using strong language in a Wall Street Journal Op-Ed, he wrote that “the suit could wipe out the publishing industry as we know it.”

Schumer’s fear is that the DoJ will act to restore Amazon’s stranglehold on the e-book industry with its Kindle devices.

“If that happens, consumers will be forced to accept whatever prices Amazon sets,” wrote Schumer.