Random House Titles Appear in iBookstore Ahead of iPad Event

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Big name publisher Random House has been conspicuously missing from Apple’s iBookstore, but it looks like that will change on Wednesday now that titles from the company are appearing in the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch online ebook store. Random House titles showing up in the iBookstore comes on the same day Apple will be hosting a special media event in San Francisco to presumably show off the next generation iPad.

Random House transitioned to an agency model for selling ebooks on March 1, which was seen as an important step in striking a deal with Apple and other ebook resellers. In an agency model, publishers set the price of books and give resellers a percentage of each sale.

Random House on iBookstore. Finally.Random House finally joins Apple’s iBookstore

“The agency model guarantees a higher margin for retailers than did our previous sales terms,” the publisher said in a statement. “We are making this change both as an investment in the successful digital transition of our existing partners and in order to give us the opportunity to forge new retail relationships.”

Apple and Random House haven’t officially announced a deal yet, but the long list of the publisher’s titles that are already showing up in the iBookstore does a good job of making their plans clear.

Apple’s media event is set to start at 10 AM pacific time today. Be sure to check in with The Mac Observer for our event coverage.

[Thanks to 9 to 5 Mac for the heads up.]

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7 Comments Leave Your Own

geoduck

Silly question
Is there a way to find out what titles are available on the iBookstore without having an iDevice?

FlipFriddle

Dunno. There isn’t a “Books” tab in iTunes; maybe they’ll add one today in an update?

skipaq

One more content provider (big one) gets added to this closed ecosystem that nobody wants to sign up for. (sarcasm intended)

Bosco (Brad Hutchings)

Google books has had Random House titles so the agency model isn’t imperative. Question about ibooks… can you read in the browser or on non Apple devices?

paikinho

Question about ibooks? can you read in the browser or on non Apple devices?
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Probably a dumb question, but if I bought a book for reading on an iPad, why would I want to read it in a browser. Or why would I want to read it on another device since I would presumably be buying it for reading on an iPad??? Buy it, read it, done with book. Next book please.

If I wanted it for a kindle I would buy it for kindle. Or if I was going to read it on my computer (?) then I would buy it for the purpose I was going to read it on. (Hate reading books on a browser or via the computer anyhow, btw; but that is just me)

When one buys a paperback, you don’t get to own the electronic variant as well. One pays for the variant of the book one wants.

paikinho

“...the new iBooks store (similar to their Apps store) where you will be able to download digital publications ?iBooks? to read in full color in the iBooks app on your iPad; and third, the fact that Steve said that the iBooks carried in the iBook store will be in ePub format.

....The ePub format?the open source standard for reflowable digital publications?was already a hot topic before today?s announcement.”

geoduck

OK Then I’ll ask
Could someone check to see if
An Introduction to the Rock Forming Minerals
by Deere, Howe and Zussman
Is available on the iBookstore?


Thanks.

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