In much the same manner that The Beatles kept Apple waiting forever before releasing their back cataloge onto iTunes, now Star Wars is about to be unleashed onto the ebook market.

As announced here on the Official Site from June 28, 2011 over one hundred backlist titles will be converted into digital editions, along with the existing 30 titles already available and any future Star Wars novels presently in production. That means the entire library of Star Wars fiction titles under the Del Rey and Bantam Spectra imprints will be available in eBook format.

Perhaps that explains the decision to move the Heir to the Empire 20th Anniversary Edition away from that June 28th release slot.

Check below the break for more thoughts on this major announcment from Lucasfilms Howard Roffman and Random House President Gina Centrello.

“Readers and fans have been asking for the Star Wars novels to be made available digitally, and we’re excited that we can finally make this happen,” said Howard Roffman, President of Lucas Licensing. “We’re committed to providing fans with great Star Wars stories that can be enjoyed on any reading platform. We’re thrilled to see the extensive backlist of Del Rey and Bantam titles made available electronically.”

“Over 30 years ago, Del Rey Books published the novelization of the very first Star Wars film,” said Gina Centrello, President of the Random House Publishing Group. “Since that time, the Star Wars Saga has grown to become a worldwide phenomenon. We’re exceptionally proud to have been at the helm of such a rich and vast literary universe, and thrilled to be working with our partners at Lucasfilm as we move into the future with eBooks.”