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As noted by 9 to 5 Mac, titles from publisher Random House have already started populating Apple's iBookstore, at least in the United States. Popular titles such as Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code that have been absent from the iBookstore since its launch nearly a year ago are now available.

Random House yesterday announced that it has adopted the agency model favored by Apple for e-Book pricing, of course leading many to assume that the publishers content would be making its way to the iBookstore.

Random House is the last of the six largest book publishers to come to the iBookstore, and it seems likely that Apple will make mention of the addition at today's media event.

Article Link: 'The Da Vinci Code' and Other Random House Titles Appearing in iBookstore
 

Laslo Panaflex

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Apple does it again. First all the music labels weren't on board when they launched the music store, then again with iBooks. When will these corporations learn that Apple rules the roost right now and they need to play by Apple's rules?
 

Full of Win

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Ask Apple
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Don't care until pricing is significantly less that of physical books.
 

k995

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Don't care until pricing is significantly less that of physical books.

Yes now its equal or higher wich is absurd.
 

moebius

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Well it finally happened.

I would hope to see books that are a little beyond the pure commercial taste too.
 

NightFox

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Imagine if this is all that this afternoon's event is about... :cool:

[Edit]

Come to think of it, random dots on the side of a house... and an invitation graphic revealing an iPad running iBooks*... let's face it, MacRumors readers have jumped to conclusions before on much less evidence than this!

*possibly
 
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Popeye206

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Apple does it again. First all the music labels weren't on board when they launched the music store, then again with iBooks. When will these corporations learn that Apple rules the roost right now and they need to play by Apple's rules?

It's not about Apple... although iTunes is a huge reseller of content, it's about digital distribution.

Music fought the change. TV fought the change. Movie studio's fought the change and now publishers are doing the same. But, all will submit eventually. It's where the distribution is going. Video games is next. My guess is within 5-10 years the book, music, video and game departments in places like Walmart will be one rack with minimal choice. Just like the film department that is all but gone from most stores.

In some ways this is exciting and sad at the same time. I miss the days of flipping through albums. Soon, flipping through magazines and books may be much of the same. But I do think this will take way more time to migrate than music. Maybe I'm wrong?
 

DotComName

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Very happy about this!
When I get the iPad 2 and start an ebook collection, I'll now have an even greater selection and won't have to search b&n app and kindle app. :)
 

deadkennedy

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It's not about Apple... although iTunes is a huge reseller of content, it's about digital distribution.

Music fought the change. TV fought the change. Movie studio's fought the change and now publishers are doing the same. But, all will submit eventually. It's where the distribution is going. Video games is next. My guess is within 5-10 years the book, music, video and game departments in places like Walmart will be one rack with minimal choice. Just like the film department that is all but gone from most stores.

In some ways this is exciting and sad at the same time. I miss the days of flipping through albums. Soon, flipping through magazines and books may be much of the same. But I do think this will take way more time to migrate than music. Maybe I'm wrong?

Soon you will die (like I as well :) and the future generations will not know what a CD / DVD actually is.
 

Thunderhawks

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It's not about Apple... although iTunes is a huge reseller of content, it's about digital distribution.

Music fought the change. TV fought the change. Movie studio's fought the change and now publishers are doing the same. But, all will submit eventually. It's where the distribution is going. Video games is next. My guess is within 5-10 years the book, music, video and game departments in places like Walmart will be one rack with minimal choice. Just like the film department that is all but gone from most stores.

In some ways this is exciting and sad at the same time. I miss the days of flipping through albums. Soon, flipping through magazines and books may be much of the same. But I do think this will take way more time to migrate than music. Maybe I'm wrong?

You will be right, unfortunately

While the current and older generation still reads, I find the younger kids who grow up with "highlights" only reporting etc. have no attention span to even read a book.
If it's not embedded via the parents, it will go on like this their entire lives.

So, they will not want to bother to go to a book store and maybe not find the book they are looking for. Easier to just go online or wait for the movie.

The bookstores are trying to stem the tide by offering coffee, food etc. and an overall bistro atmosphere. Will not last though.

Sad:)
 

spazzcat

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Don't care until pricing is significantly less that of physical books.

You know the "printing" is the cheapest part of book, right?
 

trip1ex

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Sweet. I can pay more for a text file version of DaVinci Code than the hardcover version I bought years ago.

And I get to only read it on iOS devices.

Heaven is here I tell you.:rolleyes:
 

DrJohnnyN

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I don't disagree, but I don't get why people think things should be cheaper just because they downloaded it...

Customers believe instinctively that e-books should be cheaper than the paper equivalent. There are no printing costs, packing costs, shipping costs or overheads on shelving. READ: People are just cheap.
 
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