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Outskirts launches a self-publishing platform for iBooks
March 6, 2014 | 2:18 pm

Denver-based Outskirts Press, which claims to be "the fastest-growing full-service book publishing and book marketing firm," has just launched a self-publishing platform for authors targeting the iBooks platform, with an iPad/iPhone standard edition package for $299, according to an announcement made via the London Book Fair. How this offering differs from the current "iPad/iPhone Premium Edition with Private Label iBooks Distribution" package available off the Outskirts website for $699 is not clear. The product blurb for the package outlines what it can achieve but not how it works - such as whether Outskirts undertakes to edit a manuscript delivered to it,...

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....

Android hits the 1 billion activation mark as Google dominates
September 5, 2013 | 4:36 pm

AndroidHere is my declaration of interest: I'm a huge Android fanboy. (As if that wasn't screamingly obvious.) But it seems like I have good reason. Google SVP and head of Android Sundar Pichai has just tweeted (@sundarpichai) that "We now have over 1 Billion Android activations and hope this guy in front of the building keeps that momentum going." The guy in question is the latest incarnation of the Android mascot, chocolate-coated this time, fronting the latest upgrade to the Android OS as Android 4.4 KitKat, now due for release this autumn. Apparently Nestlé and Hershey have given their blessing to Google,...

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...

From Retailer to Distributor: An interview with Smashwords CEO Mark Coker on the indie book site’s growth
July 30, 2013 | 8:24 pm

SmashwordsSmashwords rolled out preorders for its e-books this week, giving authors a new tool to work within its distribution network. You can read more about that here from Teleread’s Joanna Cabot. When Smashwords was first created, it was a place writers could sell their e-books. But the site quickly changed from retailer to distributor, getting books onto Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Sony and Apple iBooks among a number of other outlets. TeleRead had a chance to interview Smashwords CEO Mark Coker about the company's distribution network, and the changing publishing landscape. TeleRead: When did it seem that Smashwords was becoming more of a...

Apple brings iBooks app to the desktop
June 10, 2013 | 7:04 pm

iBooksOne of the moments that stood out for readers during Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference today involved the iBooks app. With Apple’s new OS X Mavericks, readers can purchase books and read them on the app right on their desktop. Some Apple consumers are probably thinking it’s about time. Readers have been using Amazon’s Kindle and Barnes & Noble Nook apps. However, they can’t purchase books directly through the app. Only the Windows 8 app for Nook allows for purchases and reading in the same app. With Amazon and B&N likely having more ground in the e-books marketplace, this gives Apple another arm at competing. Consumers...

EPUB 3: DOA?
June 3, 2013 | 5:00 pm

EPUB 3Much back-and-forth debate has circulated recently about the latest iteration of the EPUB standard, EPUB 3—no surprise with IDPF Digital Book 2013, the International Digital Publishing Forum’s annual shindig, having just concluded in New York City. But whatever the merits of the standard, tardy implementation and half-hearted adoption is likely to stymie efforts to get the international publishing industry to … ahem … standardize on it. Just from the point of timing, some commentators put final rollout of EPUB3 at six to 12 months time … if adoption has any real meaning anyway. The European Booksellers Federation, for one, is supporting a high-level EU...

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....

Readmill Launches New E-Book Experience for iPhone
February 6, 2013 | 11:00 am

Yesterday, we filled you in on the fact that the Berlin-based digital reading platform known as Readmill was very close to releasing an e-reading app for the iPhone, and as it happens ... the app was officially released today. (Quite a coincidence, no?) According to the company, the newly-released app (appropriately enough, it's called Readmill for iPhone) was designed to create what they're referring to as "a seamless mobile reading experience for users." Readmill, after all, is already available as an app for the iPad. And so Readmill built the new app partially to cater towards the growing number of people wanting to...

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...

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,...

Apple Ad: iPad Mini is for Books
November 13, 2012 | 5:58 pm

Just a few days ago—last Friday, in fact—we posted an item here on TeleRead that included more than a half-dozen TV commercials featuring e-readers. A series of television ads featuring the iPad mini have since begun airing. And interestingly enough, one of the two spots—it shows off the benefits of iBooks—is actually touting the device as something of a beefed-up e-reader. (The 30-second spot is below.) In other iPad mini news, a brief item about the new commercials on TNW says Apple is claiming that "it 'practically sold out' of the iPad mini in its first weekend of availability, with combined sales of 3...