Random House launches ebook reader on Apple App Store

The Random House Group has announced the launch of new ebook reader applications available on the Apple App Store. The apps have been developed in partnership with Verlagsgruppe Random House in Germany and allow iPhone and iPod touch users to download digital editions of current bestselling titles.

The launch list includes: 8th Confession by James Patterson, Nothing to Lose by Lee Child and Adventures on the High Teas by Stuart Maconie. More titles from Jacqueline Wilson, Ben Elton, Alastair Campbell, Chris Ryan and Richard Branson will be released in the next few months.

Jonathan Davis, digital publisher, Random House Group Digital, said: “This is the first time that a major UK publisher has made mass market books available via the Apple App Store. The iPhone and iPod touch are fantastic convergence devices and we’re delighted customers can now enjoy digital versions of some of our bestselling books on a device which fits neatly in their pocket.”

The apps give readers a natural book-like experience, allowing them to turn pages by swiping the innovative Multi-Touch user interface as well as allowing them to make notes on a page.

Users can rotate the screen by simply turning the device and can change the font style, size and colour to suit their needs. Automatic bookmarking also ensures that they re-start their ebook where they last left off.