If Apple unveils a tablet Jan. 27, publisher HarperCollins may also be in the spotlight, according to a Tuesday report. Apple is talking with HarperCollins and other publishers about making ‘enhanced ebooks’ available on its much-expected and long-rumored tablet device.
Citing anonymous “people familiar with the situation,” the Wall Street Journal reports enhanced ebooks with video, interviews and social-networking connections, could command up to $19.99 per title – far from the $9.99 price for Amazon’s Kindle.
“The HarperCollins negotiations with Apple represent a direct challenge to Amazon,” the report said
Although the WSJ was unable to confirm if the ebooks would be sold through iTunes or a newly-created online marketplace, other reports suggested Apple may offer all iTunes content – video, music and ebooks – to tablet users.
Although the percentage of Apple’s take from such sales hasn’t yet been determined, HarperCollins and other publishers are reserving the e-book versions of some best-sellers until late February.
[Via Wall Street Journal]