Apple has been fined US$165,908 by a Chinese court for allegedly selling unlicensed electronic versions of books online, reports the “Business Standard” (

The Beijing No.2 Intermediate People’s Court ordered Apple to pay a total of 1.03 million yuan ($165,908) to eight Chinese writers and two companies for violating their copyrights. Three separate lawsuits were filed with the court on behalf of 12 writers who allege 59 of their titles were sold unlicensed through the iTunes Store.