With just a week and half to go until Apple begins shipping its iPad tablet device, they have been working hard on securing more deals for EBooks. The iBookstore is set to become even larger after signing a deal with the Perseus Books Group – the largest distributor of independent publishers.
Perseus not publishes its own work but also that of 330 smaller presses; this is seen as a huge deal for Apple. This latest deal is on top of the one that the iPhone maker signed with Zagat and City Lights Books last week –5 of the 6 largest publishers are now signed up to the iBookstore.
Amazon.com are now getting worried about the iPad, as they have begun to put pressure on publishers who have yet to sign up with Apple, this is according to The New York Times. Amazon’s Kindle currently has 90 percent of the e-book market and is trying their best to hold on to that – but many believe that it is a lost cause on Amazon’s part.
Publishers have little control on its prices with Amazon; Apple is offering them more freedom – which is why they have been signing up with them.
Do you think that the iPad will end Kindle’s reign?