This will be one of those behemoth marriages where everyone benefits—a little like Brangelina, and we're all the adopted kids. Ebooks, graphic novels and online/console/phone games are expected to come out of the partnership, which will see books spinning out of successful game titles.
It's only speculation at this point, but it seems that Random House might finally be joining the iBookstore in the near future. Random House is the world's largest English-language publisher and the only one of the six major publishing houses to not be offering its titles in Apple's iBookstore.
You'll notice a major book publisher is missing from this slide: Random House, the biggest one in the world, actually.
Sony, which we've blasted in the past for an insistence on proprietary formats, will support the open standard ePub format for its ebook readers. Open, of course, doesn't mean "free of DRM": This is really a jab at Amazon.
I admit, I like sending and receiving texts, but to read an entire chapter via text—that's where I draw the line. Nevertheless, Random House is offering the first chapter of a new business book (Life's a Pitch) for free via SMS on mobile phones. Sign up and you'll even get a 40% discount on the full book. It's one…