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To gain more e-book marketshare, Apple should make iBooks for Android
December 22, 2014 | 2:25 pm

appledroidCan a company give Amazon a run in 2015 when it comes to ebooks? Maybe, but the company with the best footing is Apple. Anecdotally, several authors have mentioned the successes they have had through Apple’s iBooks. This is a good new for authors who are looking for other avenues to sell their books. But keeping iBooks strictly for Apple products may not do it. iBooks has been around since 2010 when it was launched with the iPad. In 2013, iBooks became an integrated app on iOS 8. Since that time, iBooks seems to be taking more of the market share. In October,...

Smashwords delivers titles quicker to the iBookstore
May 19, 2014 | 12:25 pm

SmashwordsSmashwords has taken steps to improve delivery to Apple’s iBookstore, the company announced on Sunday. Published e-books have appeared as quickly as the same day when submitted through Smashwords’ distributions network recently. Previously, the items would take several days to show up in the iBookstore. “We’re working to provide our authors and publishers faster retailer deliveries and faster metadata updates with the highest possible accuracy and reliability,” Smashwords founder and CEO Mark Coker wrote on the company blog. “We’re now shipping five times daily seven days per week to iBooks, and in the months ahead we’ll push that envelope further.” Part of the...

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,...

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...

Breakout Books in the App Store highlights self-published e-books
February 6, 2013 | 10:00 am

Breakout Books Apple App StoreBy Arnold Zafra In a move to encourage more self-published authors to make their masterpieces available on the iBookstore, Apple has created an entirely new section, Breakout Books, where self-published e-books will be displayed prominently. According to Apple, Breakout Books is aimed at helping readers find the next reading sensation by way of this collection of books from emerging—and hopefully talented—writers. All e-books on Breakout Books are independently published and were rated and recommended by iBookstore customers. And as Leslie Kaufman opined yesterday in the New York Times' Media Decoder blog, this is clearly "yet another sign that self-publishing is making inroads into...

Morning Roundup — Stories you may have missed
November 16, 2012 | 8:35 am

Microsoft Sued Because It Overloaded Tablets With Pre-Installed Apps (Techdirt) What Can Publishers Learn from Indie Rock? (Scholarly Kitchen) Many Core Features Lacking in Nook Windows 8 App (Good E-Reader) Flipboard to Pitch eBooks for the iBookstore (The Digital Reader) Kindle Daily Deal: The Past Came Hunting by Donnell Bell {and} Winnie's War by Jenny Moss * * * Follow us @TeleRead  Join us on Facebook...

Apple announces iBooks 3.0
October 23, 2012 | 11:11 pm

  by Jonathan Pena for Technology Tell As the widespread rumors wisely foretold, Apple CEO Tim Cook took the stage today at Apple's media event to announce a new version of the iBooks app for Apple’s iOS devices. The updated app brings enhancements such as support for 3D imaging, embedded video and multi-touch gestures. Apple has also added a new button that allows users to share content via their favorite social media networks. iBooks also now supports Korean and Japanese languages. The update is now live; if you're so inclined, you can download the app now in the App Store. * * * Follow us @TeleRead Join us on Facebook...

‘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...

Apple rejects writing lesson for links to Amazon, then for mentioning Amazon
July 28, 2012 | 10:25 pm

lesson6Fantasy author Holly Lisle (whose books I’ve read and enjoyed) has a series of writing lessons that she sells in e-book form. One of these, “Lesson 6: How to Discover (or Create) Your Story’s Market,” discussed techniques for using Amazon’s software and databases to place stories in alternate genres. It had links to Amazon in it, and Apple quickly rejected it (as it did one of Seth Godin’s e-books in February, for a similar reason). So Lisle revised the e-book to remove the Amazon links and resubmitted it—and this time it was rejected for mentioning Amazon. In...

DC Comics releases Batman graphic novel via iBooks
July 18, 2012 | 9:20 pm

Batman_Earth_One_iBooks_610x915Less than a month after finally coming to Barnes & Noble e-books, DC Comics has just placed its first graphic novel with Apple’s iBooks store. The recent graphic novel Batman: Earth One, a revised retelling of Batman’s origin story, will cost $24.95 in print but $12.99 agency pricing on the iBooks store. This will be the first DC book to show up on iBooks, but probably won’t be the last. DC already sells multiple books through Amazon and Barnes & Noble, and it would likely not be too hard to bring them to Apple as well. Certainly,...

Self-publishing via Apple and Google allows setting international prices individually
June 10, 2012 | 10:17 pm

Screen Shot 2012-06-09 at 8.12.45 PMSelf-publishing author Henry Melton has a post on his blog looking at the process of self-publishing his e-books internationally through Apple. Amazon and Barnes & Noble are relatively easy to publish through—once the e-book masters are ready, it only takes about an hour and he’s done. But things are trickier with Apple, partly because he has to create a separate master to make sure he doesn’t mention the Kindle edition by accident, and partly because for each book he has look up conversion rates and then go through an option screen and set prices for 32 different countries. (Google...

P.D. James now at iBookstore and others
April 26, 2012 | 9:04 am

51AXpix y0L BO2 204 203 200 PIsitb sticker arrow click TopRight 35 76 AA278 PIkin4 BottomRight 66 22 AA300 SH20 OU01 Got an email from Simon & Schuster that will make my mystery-loving wife very happy.  Nine novels by P.D. James are now available in the iBookstore in a dedicated store.  This includes six Adam Dalglies books, two novels from the Cordelia Gray series and one stand-alone. You can also find them at the Kindle bookstore, the Google ebookstore and direct from S&S....

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