WH Smith launches iPad app for e-books

WH Smith launches iPad app for e-books

<p>W H Smith has launched an iPad app allowing users to download e-books directly to their Apple devices. Rival bookseller Watestone&#39;s launched an app in September, but unlike the WHS it did not include e-book downloads. </p><p>The WHS application, launched today (12th October), is free to download and provides access to 25,000 titles. Titles are stored on a bookshelf similar to that of the Apple iBookstore.<br /><br />On the home page of the app are sections including New Releases, Richard &amp; Judy Book Club, and &#39;Featured Author&#39; sections including John Grisham, James Patterson, Tess Gerritsen, Lee Child and Jo Nesbo. Free classics are also available on the device.</p><p>However, no Hachette titles are available for sale, after WH Smith withdrew the publisher&#39;s books from sale last month following Hachette switching to the agency model of pricing.<br /><br />Titles appear to be the same price as e-books bought from the retailer&#39;s website. However, the app states that if you have an existing account with whsmith.co.uk this will not synchronise with a new account on the app. The retailer said it was working on the issue.</p><p>Waterstone&#39;s said it was working on a second app, dedicated to e-books, to be launched in the near future. </p>