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Apple Discounts Hachette E-Books Amid Spat With Amazon

Apple Inc. is taking advantage of the dispute between Inc. and Hachette Book Group by promoting and discounting pre-orders for the publisher’s digital books.

There are 25 books featured for $9.99 in the Popular Pre-Orders category on Apple’s iBooks store, all of which are published by Hachette. Authors on the list include Harry Potter’s J.K. Rowling and mystery author James Patterson. Barnes & Noble Inc., another e-book competitor, is taking pre-orders for Rowling’s new work, “The Silkworm,” for $14.99 for its Nook tablet. The book, written under pseudonym Robert Galbraith, along with some of the others, isn’t available in physical or digital form for pre-orders on Amazon.