Barnes & Noble Says E-Book Settlement Hurts Buyers

Barnes & Noble Inc. has objected to the U.S. government's proposed settlement of its price-fixing lawsuit against top publishers and Apple Inc., saying it would harm book sellers and "millions and millions" of book buyers. The top U.S. bookstore chain, which has been battling with Inc. in the growing e-books market, said in a letter sent to the U.S. Department of Justice that the settlement would lead to "higher overall average e-book and hardback prices and less choice, both in how to obtain books and in what books are available."