Kobo Complains Apple Is Anti-Competitive
Rakuten Kobo, the e-book and audiobook seller, has filed a complaint with the European Union against Apple, alleging that the 30% fee Apple demands for all transactions made via apps on its platform is anti-competitive.
Kobo, which operates bookstores in Germany, France, Italy and Spain, among several other European nations, claims the fee amounts to what is essentially a defacto price hike on ebooks.
The complaint, which is similar to one made by Spotify last year, comes shortly after the findings of a study by the Analysis Group revealed Apple was responsible for $517 billion in sales through apps on its platform. Of that overall sum, Apple took a 30% fee from $61 billion worth of sales, or $18.3 billion.