Random House titles to appear on Apple's iBooks store

Book deal gives customers access to 17,000 titles

Random House, one of the world’s biggest publishers, has signed a deal with Apple to sell their books through the tech company’s eBook store – iBooks.

Initially, the publisher – who is owned by German media firm Bertelsmann – proved reluctant to sign up to Apple’s bookstore due to the 30 per cent cut the company insists on taking from each sale. However, renewed talks, which began in December last year according to the Wall Street Journal, have resulted in Random House making a bit of a u-turn.

The deal will mean users will have access to the publisher’s 17,000 eBooks – when these will all be uploaded and available to customers is unclear – giving Apple’s iBooks a much needed boost against Amazon’s Kindle.

The deal comes just hours before Apple is due to announce the release of the next generation iPad. Random House will join the likes of Penguin, Harper Collins, Simon & Schuster and Macmillan on the iBooks store.