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Wednesday, 3 November 2010
Hachette Australia launches ebooks on Australian iBookstore under agency model, Kobo launch to follow

Hachette Australia has announced that its ebooks will be among those available on the Apple iBookstore Australia, which launched its first paid local content yesterday, and will be available on the Kobo platform ‘in due course'.

Hachette Australia managing director Malcolm Edwards told the Weekly Book Newsletter that the company had made its books available on the iBookstore under an agency model, but declined to comment on the publisher's pricing strategy.

‘We have very recently signed an agency agreement with Kobo, and Hachette's books will be appearing on Borders and A&R sites, in due course,' he added, confirming that Hachette Australia was also ‘in discussion with other parties'.

Hachette authors to be available from the iBookstore ‘on, or shortly after, launch date' include Maeve Binchy, Patricia Cornwell, Justin Cronin, Peter FitzSimons, Charlaine Harris, Barry Humphries, Stephen King, Hugh Mackay, Alexander McCall Smith, William McInnes, Stephenie Meyer, David Mitchell, Sir Michael Parkinson, and Jessica Watson.

‘In future, all newly published books will be available simultaneously with the publication of their printed equivalent, and Hachette will progressively add more previously published titles, as they go through the process of digitisation,' said the company in a statement.

Hachette Australia is the last of the large Australian trade publishers to launch its ebooks list, with HarperCollins, Penguin, Random House, Allen & Unwin, Pan Macmillan and Murdoch Books having previously made ebook titles available through online outlets including the REDgroup Retail's Kobo platform and the Dymocks website.

Malcolm Neil, communications manager at REDgroup Retail, said that the addition of Hachette Australia titles in the near future meant its Kobo platform has ‘completed the sign-up of all major publishers in Australia'.



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