Apple has added yet another independent publisher for the iPad, with Workman Publishing Company agreeing to offer its books through Apple’s iBooks Store, according to The New York Times. Workingman describes itself as a “medium-sized independent” publisher, and is responsible for the What to Expect series, as well as popular titles like 1,000 Places to See Before You Die.
Yesterday, we reported that Apple had signed The Perseus Group to the iPad, a company described as the largest independent publisher, and the sixth major publishing house to sign up for Apple’s iBooks Store. Workman brings the number of known publishers to have signed a deal to seven.
Workman reportedly agreed to the same terms Apple has offered the other publishers - a 70/30 split in favor of the publishers, allowing them to set their own prices for their ebooks. Not so coincidentally, that is the same deal being offered to app developers on the App Store, and it’s long been rumored to be the same deal Apple has with the record labels, minus the power to set their own prices.