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Apple in talks with HarperCollins, others over e-book sales

Apple is in negotiations with HarperCollins and several other publishers to make electronic books available for the upcoming tablet device, according to a new report. Citing anonymous sources familiar with the situation, the Wall Street Journal reports that HarperCollins is expected to set the price of the e-books, with Apple taking a percentage of the sales. Details have yet to be worked out, the report states, but Brian Murray, chief executive of HarperCollins, said in December that e-books enhanced with video, social-networking applications, and other advanced features could command higher prices for publishers than current e-books. Apple is hosting a special media event in San Francisco on January 27th, at which it is expected to unveil its long-rumored tablet device.

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All this talk of negotiating with book publishers is going to force me to quickly reconsider my nook that finally came in the mail last week!

Posted by TosaDeac on January 19, 2010 at 5:00 PM (CST)


Kindle readers love thier prices low and Kindle promised all books under 9.99, so it will be interesting to see if the Apple Tble and HC pricing does anything but sit there on the electronic shelf. Many NYC publishers have set their books at over 9.99 on ebook outlets only to see zero sales.

My own ebooks at Kindle sell far more at the lower prices than my books placed up by my publishers at higher prices.

Robert W. Walker
author, Dead On & Children of Salem

Posted by Rob Walker on January 20, 2010 at 2:34 PM (CST)

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