HarperCollins negotiations to provide ebooks for Apple’s Tablet

Jan 18, 2010
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HarperCollins negotiations to provide ebooks for Apple’s Tablet

According to the Wall Street Journal, book publisher HarperCollins is in serious talks with Apple about a ebook deal for Apple’s heavily rumored yet still unconfirmed tablet that’s anticipated to be announced at the January 27th Apple press event.

Chief executive of HarperCollins Brian Murray stated that e-books enhanced with extra media content such as video, author interviews, and social-networking applications could make a play for higher retail prices for publishers than current ebooks, something that ebook-providing companies, especially Amazon would have to start worrying about.

The HarperCollins negotiations with Apple correspond to a direct threat to Amazon, which currently dominates the fast-growing e-book market but which could face significant competition from an Apple tablet release.  The next several weeks should be filled with many news updates from Apple, and their mystery product launch – feel free to opine below about this particular ebook matter at hand.


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