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Apple to match Amazon on best-seller pricing?

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By Charles Starrett

Contributing Editor
Published: Wednesday, March 24, 2010
News Categories: Apple, iPad, Apps + Games


Apple may be planning to match Amazon’s $9.99 pricing on books featured in the New York Time’s Best Sellers lists, according to a new report. Citing a first-hand preview of the iBookstore, App Advice reports that 27 of the 32 books featured in the NYT Best Seller section were priced at $9.99, matching the pricing of’s Kindle bookstore. Notably, the number four best seller was missing from the list entirely, perhaps because Apple has not yet secured a deal with the book’s publisher; among the titles not priced at $9.99, the most expensive was $12.99. In addition, one book—The Help by Kathryn Stockett—was also featured on the screen during Apple’s iPad special event, and at that time was listed at $7.99, while most of the other titles were priced at $10.99 or higher. Curiously, the report closely follows a separate article citing pricing concerns as the reason why Random House, the world’s largest book publisher by sales, has yet to sign a deal with Apple to offer its titles on the iBookstore.

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I’m quite glad that Apple’s getting into the eBook arena. I just wish they’d spill on whether iBooks will be available for the iPhone/iPod touch platform as well. Till I hear THAT, I’m afraid I have no interest in using their service.

Too bad, too…Amazon and get my money quite regularly.

Posted by Daniel S. on March 24, 2010 at 3:16 PM (PDT)

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