Two independent publishers, Perseus and Workman, have signed agreements with Apple to have their books available for sale in the iBookstore in time for the April 3 launch of the iPad, reports The New York Times. The Perseus deal is especially striking news, given that Perseus is a colossal distributor of 350 other indie presses, meaning there won’t just be beach reads in iBooks.
According to Publishers Weekly, “David Steinberger, president and CEO of the Perseus Books Group, said the house was ‘working with Apple to make books from The Perseus Books Group and the independent publishers we represent available on the iBookstore starting on April 3. Perseus is thrilled to be making our books available on the iPad.’
Munsey’s Technosnarl posted a penetrating analysis of why Perseus is such big news, especially to Amazon: “The Perseus Book Group deal with Apple is extraordinary. Bet on most publishers distributed by Perseus opting in. Stunning.”