European Commission (EC) officials have decided to accept a settlement in the Apple e-Book anti-trust case, according to reports.
The decision would close the lid on a lengthy probe into Apple's e-Book pricing strategy in Europe. Apple, along with publishers Simon & Schuster, Harper Collins, Hachette Livre, Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck were accused of colluding to lower e-book prices in Apple's favour.
According to Reuters, the official settlement will be announced sometime next month.
Apple was accused of allowing certain publishers to set their own prices on e-books over a two-year period. If the accusations were true, Apple would have been taking part in illegal corporate collusion.
The exact details of the settlement were not identified. However, if the settlement is similar to the one made in the US earlier this year the e-book makers will be forced to allow retailers to set their own prices on the electronics books they sell.
EC officials recently asked e-book industry members for feedback in the case, regarding the possible repercussions of a potential Apple settlement.
In a related case, EC officials are also looking into whether France and Luxembourg have given unfair tax breaks to e-book publishers who sold their wares in country.