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iBooks to be included with every iOS 8 device; will the DoJ take notice?
June 5, 2014 | 7:05 am

Apart from all the little features it’s swiping from Android (finally, widgets, custom keyboards, and cross-app sharing APIs!), the new iPhone OS 8 includes one little feature that Mark Coker of Smashwords believes will be a “game changer.” For the first time, iBooks will be bundled directly into every new iOS device sold. This might not seem like a big deal at first—iBooks has, after all, been available for four years to anyone who wants to download it—but never underestimate the laziness barrier. People who weren’t that “into” e-books might never have bothered to grab it on their...

iBooks for Mac and Vook. Maybe Not Ready For Prime Time?
October 24, 2013 | 11:20 am

ibooks for macA release from Vook crossed my email yesterday. The email was highlighting the new iBooks for Mac and how it was now possible to view embedded video in a book on the desktop, directly from iBooks. Honestly, I'm indifferent to the whole "reading eBooks on the computer" idea, and being able to view video doesn't make me any more interested. I'm more the "curl up on the couch with my tablet" kind of person. Now I realize that I'm only (barely) in the majority. The latest figure I could dig up (from 2012) is that 42% read eBooks on their computer....

Apple protests Department of Justice’s proposed anti-trust penalties, but does it have a case?
August 4, 2013 | 7:49 pm

I’ve been taking the time to read and think about the Department of Justice’s proposed penalties for Apple in the recent anti-trust trial, and Apple’s response complaining that the penalties were too harsh and unsupported by law. There’s plenty of interesting stuff here, to be sure. For starters, look at the DoJ’s proposed penalties. It’s possible I might just owe the Motley Fool an apology, as despite Judge Cote saying she didn’t intend to paint with a broader brush, the DoJ nonetheless does seek at least in some respects to use the results of the trial to extend its...

Amazon e-books: Born in a bubble from a bullet
July 21, 2013 | 1:17 am

200px-Riding_the_BulletAn article on the Digital Reader about the 4th anniversary of the Nook e-books store prompted me to look back to the turn of the millennium. It was a period in the history of e-books that I don’t think most us think about as much. It was a couple of years after the founding of Peanut Press, so people had time to get used to the idea of e-reading—and big stores like Amazon and Barnes & Noble were starting to get interested for the first time. And that’s what led to a very brief e-book bubble. In March 2000,...

Jumsoft releases five new iBooks Author templates
February 17, 2013 | 3:39 pm

Two weeks after Apple unveiled its iBooks Author program for designing interactive e-books, template king Jumsoft was there with its first set of iBooks Author templates, dubbed Book Palette. Jumsoft has now expanded that collection to 25 with the announcement of five new designs that offer “ … upmarket design quality at a reasonable price.” The five new templates include the crisp Decorum, the elegant Royal Title, and the colorful Taste Buds designs. All 25 templates contain the full set of standard sections and page layouts provided in the iBooks Author app, including covers, chapter pages, text pages, tables of contents, glossary pages and more....

Why I’m giving up on the iBooks App
January 31, 2013 | 10:00 am

This has been a year of tech experimentation for me. I gave up my clunky-but-serviceable Kindle Touch in favor of a slick, front-lit Kobo. I relegated my iPad 2 to work functions, and picked up a more ergonomic iPad Mini for home use. And I experimented with various apps in search of a perfect reading platform. I didn't find it. It is with mixed feelings that I declare the Kindle app the 'winner,' and give up on iBooks. Here's why: The Kindle can sync personal documents. That's it. That's the killer feature iBooks and Kobo and all the rest lack, and it...

Baen soon coming to iBooks, finally posts announcements of changes to web site
January 24, 2013 | 8:13 pm

A month and a half since Baen made the jump to Amazon availability, the publisher is about to add another feather to its cap. On her forum on the Baen Bar, publisher Toni Weisskopf has mentioned that Baen e-books will soon be available DRM-free in Apple’s iBooks store. A formal announcement will be made when the exact timeframe has been nailed down. As with the current Amazon deal, EARCs and monthly discount bundles will continue to be exclusive to Baen. The time since the program happened has seen some minor controversy erupt on the Baen Bar. After December 15th,...

Apple awarded patent for digital page turning
November 18, 2012 | 5:15 pm

Here I go, turn the page. On the NY Times Bits blog, Nick Bilton gleefully reports that the patent office has seen fit to award Apple a design patent on, of all things, the digital page turn used in iBooks. Bilton uses this as proof of the ridiculousness of the current patent system, as well as a reminder of the obnoxiousness of Apple’s recent patent litigation practices. But is this patent really as silly as it looks? As some people point out in the comments under Bilton’s article, the patent is narrower than Bilton makes it seem—it doesn’t cover any page turns,...

Single issues of DC Comics come to Kindle, Nook, and iBooks e-book stores
November 7, 2012 | 8:00 pm

DC_Comics_digital_All-devices-no-charactersSeems like only yesterday that DC Comics was adding the Nook tablets to its formerly exclusive deal with the Kindle Fire platform, and releasing graphic novels via e-book stores. But the thing about DC on those color tablets was that the comics were actually sold through third-party stores like comiXology, or DC’s own app Vertigo. However, today DC announced it will be selling digital comics in single-issue (DRM-protected) format directly through the Kindle, Nook, and iBooks e-book stores. DC will start with current-release issues, then move into backlist titles. 70 titles were available as of today. At the moment...

Apple leaks mention of iBooks 3.0, reinforcing iPad mini focus on e-books
October 21, 2012 | 2:30 pm

  The appearance of the yet unreleased "iBooks 3.0" as a requirement for certain titles in Apple's iBookstore suggests the company will soon update its ebook client app for iOS, likely in conjunction with the release of iPad mini. According to a report by The Next Web, there is already at least one title in the French iTunes Store specifying iBooks 3.0. Under the title's "Requirements," which are generated by Apple and not potentially a third party developer's typo, iTunes specifies, "This book requires iBooks 3.0 or later and iOS 4.2 or later. The books can be displayed with iBooks on an iPad, iPhone (3G or...

‘The awkward feeling of mindless improvisation’ – The iBookstore comes to Latin America
July 30, 2012 | 9:15 pm

Did you think that e-book vendors have a hard time with Apple here in the USA? Publishing Perspectives has a terrific (one might even say hilarious in some places) report on the frenetic activity engendered by Apple’s decision to launch its iBookstore in Latin America. Among other things, it asked Latin American publishers to redo their books’ metadata—and then changed its mind on how it wanted the metadata done three times over the course of several days. Apple’s preference for prices that end in .49 or .99 means trouble for the publishers who sell their books in their own...

Latest Ars Technica OS X review has bumpy road to e-book release
July 25, 2012 | 6:59 pm

96693105Last year we covered Ars Technica publishing John Siracusa’s 27,000-word comprehensive review of OS X 10.7 Lion as an e-book, and the very successful sales numbers for a review that could still be read free on-line. This year, with the release of OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, Siracusa has done it again—but as the Nieman Journalism Lab reports, the process has not been without snafus. Since Mountain Lion was under NDA until the day it launched, that means that the e-book had to be submitted to Amazon at the same time the article was allowed to be published online...