Apple on Tuesday published a new page on its iBookstore, offering users the opportunity to pre-order upcoming books from publisher Hachette Digital.
There are a variety of authors and books available, including Invisible: James Patterson; The Silkworm: Robert Galibraith/JK Rowling; The Girls of August: Anne Rivers Siddons; California: Edan Lepucki; Mean Streak: Sandra Brown; It’s in His Kiss: Jill Shalvis; and The Burning Room: Michael Connelly, among others.
The move by Apple to offer pre-orders of Hachette authors is even more significant considering Amazon’s recent moves to make it impossible for its customers to buy books published by Hachette. Some have called Amazon’s tactics “extortion,” but publishers and authors have vowed to fight.
Amazon reportedly even confirmed delays in putting some books up for sale as a negotiating tactic against publishers.
It’s hard to believe the government went after Apple, yet they allow Amazon do things like this. Apple settled out of court this morning—Amazon continues to run roughshod over the book industry.