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iBookstore prices climb back up to $13 post-leak

updated 06:35 pm EDT, Fri March 26, 2010

Apple puts book prices back in line

Apple may have dashed hopes of lower e-book prices after a second discovery of a price update in the pre-release iBookstore. Most of the top titles that had been listed at $10 now cost $13, or in line with the prices briefly glimpsed in Apple promo material. A handful of bestseller books, like Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, still sit at the lower price.

It's not known if the change was made in reaction to the earlier AppAdvice leak or else just a firming up of final prices in preparation for next week.

The newly updated pricing would be more consistent with the widely known licensing terms Apple has pursued for the iBookstore. It has actively chosen an agency model which, while fluctuating the cost of actual book rights, is more likely to please major publishers that want more control over the final price. Macmillan's insistence on the model led to Amazon pricing concessions and may have triggered a ripple effect where majors and independents alike have called for agency pricing and price hikes.

Apple may be requiring equal terms for book royalties that would prevent Amazon from charging less and could lead to some publishers facing the prospect of dropping one bookstore to serve another.



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  1. charlituna

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Sep 2009

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    key word

    leak.

    it was not official info so of course it was likely to change. no story here. move along.

  1. facebook_Felix

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    ibookstore pricing up from $9.99 to $12.99

    The first stab in the back to all early adopters

    Stab #2: All games for ipad will be more expensive than the iphone / touch versions requiring you to repay

    Stab #3: 4G makes 3G chip on ipads obsolete

    Stab #4: larger memory ipad within 6 months (they actually found more space inside the ipad to handle more than the same 32GB that a much smaller itouch somehow manages to hold)

    Stab #5: all of your current reads which are free (NYT, WSJ, etc will now cost a subscription with the ushering in of the ipad)

    Stab #6: due to the unpopularity of holding multiple "unlimited data" making the ipad 3G almost worthless, a new program for multiple gadgets per single user will appear at less than the current additional $30 price tag

    Avoid the heartbreak and just wait until the sheer greed of these companies passes

  1. facebook_Felix

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    Joined: Mar 2010

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    ibookstore pricing up from $9.99 to $12.99

    The first stab in the back to all early adopters

    Stab #2: All games for ipad will be more expensive than the iphone / touch versions requiring you to repay

    Stab #3: 4G makes 3G chip on ipads obsolete

    Stab #4: larger memory ipad within 6 months (they actually found more space inside the ipad to handle more than the same 32GB that a much smaller itouch somehow manages to hold)

    Stab #5: all of your current reads which are free (NYT, WSJ, etc will now cost a subscription with the ushering in of the ipad)

    Stab #6: due to the unpopularity of holding multiple "unlimited data" plans making the ipad 3G almost worthless, a new program for multiple gadgets per single user will appear at less than the current additional $30 price tag

    Avoid the heartbreak and just wait until the sheer greed of these companies passes

  1. testudo

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    Joined: Aug 2001

    0

    huh?

    How can there be a stab in the back of early adopters when no one has adopted it yet?

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