Steve Jobs says publishers are ‘not happy’ with Amazon


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In a video taken at the iPad launch, Steve Jobs told the Wall Street Journal’s Walt Mossberg, ‘Publishers are actually withholding their books from Amazon, because they’re not happy with them.’

Jobs was responding to a question about the price of ebooks on the upcoming iBooks store. No specific price ranges were announced in the demo, so Mossberg asked about the price they’d seen demonstrated -- $14.99 -- versus Amazon’s $9.99 cost for some ebooks. ‘The prices will be the same,’ Jobs said.


He didn’t specify what price that would be, exactly. When the first iPads ship in late March, perhaps the iBook Store will open its online doors. Will that make publishers happy?

-- Carolyn Kellogg