17,000 Random House Titles Come to iBooks

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In some very good news for iBooks fans, GigaOM reports that just in time for yesterday’s iPad 2 unveiling, Random House has finally accepted the agency model for e- book pricing, which allows the publisher to set prices, paying the retailer a commission on each title sold (currently 30%). It also eliminates discounting and is required if you want iBooks to stock your titles.

Almost immediately following that switch, Random House added 17,000 titles to Apple’s iBookstore. Authors now available include Stieg Larsson and Dan Brown and Apple is promoting these new e-books under a new banner that says “Bestselling Books Just Added”

This is very good news for Apple because its iBookstore is now stocked with all six of the major publishers: HarperCollins, Hachette, Penguin, Macmillan, Simon & Schuster, and, of course, Random House. It’s also important for Random House because while their titles were already available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Kobo, Apple is changing its app guidelines come June 1 to require e-book sellers offering content for use in an iOS app to do so through the App Store without a link to an outside store. Because Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo all have their own storefronts, they might pull out, leaving Apple as the last iOS left and this way Random House is guaranteed an iOS presence.

Does this make you more likely to use iBooks?

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