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Random House fear iPad pricing could spark eBook pricing war

Random House is uncomfortable with Apple's new pricing mode

By Nick Spence, Macworld.co.uk
March 25, 2010 09:32 AM ET

Macworld.co.uk - Random House, the world's largest book publisher, may prevent its books from being available on Apple's forthcoming iPad over fears the device may drive down the retail value of eBooks.

According to a FT report, Random House is uncomfortable with Apple's new pricing mode, which could erode established publishing practices and see authors and agents missing out on potential earnings.

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Random House's publishing rivals - Macmillan, Simon & Schuster, Hachette, Harper-Collins and Penguin - are understood to have signed up for Apple's iBookstore.Bestselling Random House title's include Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol and Stieg Larsson's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. The iPad goes on sale in the US on 3 April, while those in the UK will have to wait until the end of April for yet unconfirmed date for the launch.

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