SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Amazon.com Inc. has reached new agreements
with some publishers that had been fed up with the low prices Amazon charges for electronic books that go with its Kindle e-reader. This comes just as Apple Inc. is about to launch its competing iPad device.
Simon & Schuster and HarperCollins said late Wednesday they have signed new e-book deals with Amazon. They declined to detail their agreements. But Simon & Schuster spokesman Adam Rothberg said his company's agreement is similar to those that publishers have been striking with Apple for e-books on the iPad.
With Apple's model, some e-books will cost up to $14.99 initially - $5 more than Amazon charges for some popular e-books. Apple is insisting publishers don't sell books at a lower price through a competitor.
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