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All posts tagged "ibook"


Monday, March 5, 2012

iBooks, Is It All That?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 10:00 AM

http://appadvice.com/appnn/2012/03/...nt-the-textbook

"January's education event was a big hit for Apple. Within days of releasing iBooks 2.0 and introducing its e-textbook framework, the company has seen rapid public adoption and overwhelmingly positive critical praise."

I think it's long overdue for a revamping of the scam of the textbook, so I was overjoyed to see Apple rattle the cages so to speak with iBooks. That being said they do have a bit of work ahead of them and this analysis hits the nail on the head, usability. You have to be able to take notes, highlight and so on, or at least that is how I learned and I don't see that changing for students. There is also the landscape mode orientation that it seems to be preferring, whereas I for one (and it appears I am not alone) prefer portrait mode when reading on the iPad. I suppose these things can be overlooked with minor tweaks, but interesting analysis nonetheless.

Tags: software, ibook

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

iTunes is Quite the Profit Generator

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 12:00 PM

http://www.cultofmac.com/apple-set-...w+(Cult+of+Mac)

"Thanks to the continued growth of Apple's iOS devices, the iTunes platform that includes the App Store and the iBookstore is set to grow at a rate of 39% over the next three years and rake in a whopping $13 billion in revenue during 2013."

In a previous story, it was reported that Apple's iTunes ecosystem has a yearly price tag of $1.3 billion, so a $12 billion profit is no small figure. They also report that students are preferring to use iBook over other apps on their iPads. I am still experimenting with iBook, using it mainly to store PDF files. What are your thoughts, iBook or another app on your iPad?


Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Random House Accepts Apple's Pricing Model

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 11:09 AM

http://www.cultofmac.com/apple-fina...w+(Cult+of+Mac)

"Add another potential announcement to the already long list of items we are expected to hear from Apple Wednesday: iBooks. Random House, one of the largest publishers of physical books, is now ready to accept Apple's "agency" pricing model for ebooks sold through the Cupertino, Calif. company's iBookstore."

Sure, they haven't been announced officially but making an announcement like this leads one to believe that the announcement is imminent, perhaps even tomorrow as the story says. This is a pretty big deal for iBooks since Random House is one of the largest publishers of books in the US with over 17,000 titles, and was the last major holdout on going along with the pricing structure that Apple set up for iBooks.


Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Which is the Best eReader? He Says iBooks

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 05:00 AM

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/apples...ng-annotations/

"While I haven't used every e-reader application on the market, when I can compare four of the major ones, eReader, Nook, Kindle, Stanza, Kobo, and iBooks, I found the latter to be the best software e-reader for navigating and annotating e-books."

To be honest, I haven't really done much reading with iBook, certainly not as much as I did on my Kindle. I get distracted with things like surfing the net or using Zinio to read the magazines I have in my account. So this article was good for me to read as it showed me just what I was missing with iBooks. I actually learned quite a bit about the program from someone that actually has used it extensively, so if you want to learn about it, it is well worth the read. Which is your favorite eReader?


Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Can I Put That on my iPad?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 06:00 AM

http://www.appletell.com/apple/comm...etell+Appletell

"One of the most surprising questions we get from new iPhone, iPod touch and iPad users is whether they can play songs, watch movies, or read books on their new iDevice if they aren't purchased and downloaded from iTunes Store."

And it couldn't be easier. Open up iTunes like above and find the books folder. Once there, all you have to do is drag and drop the files you want on your iDevice into this folder. Then click on your device to the left side of the screen, go to the Books tab and sync the ones you want on your device. Pretty easy actually.


Thursday, June 10, 2010

Turn Your iPad Into an iBook or a Mac Classic

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 10:00 AM

http://9to5mac.com/the_amazing_ipad...e+Intelligence)

"‘Scuse me if I keep this short on commentary -- but recall way back when first-gen iMacs suddenly found a new lease of life as fish tanks?"

I do, and I still want one! Pretty cool mods done of an iBook and a Mac Classic, allowing an iPad to be used with the cases. Seems more trouble than it's worth to me though.

Tags: hardware, mod, imac, ipad, ibook

Monday, May 10, 2010

iBook Also Going International

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 09:00 AM

http://www.macnn.com/articles/10/05...ries.confirmed/

"Most or all countries getting the iPad on May 28th will also get iBooks and access to the iBookstore at the same time, Apple has disclosed. So far confirmed are Australia, Canada, Italy, Japan, Spain and the UK. France, Germany and Switzerland are likely to have iBooks support as well, but this has yet to be mentioned by Apple."

What a nightmare it must be to negotiate all of the issues such as iBooks internationally, when each country has different laws regarding copyrights and the like. I can see why they have such trouble getting them to work right or they have delays such as iTunes and movies.


Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Google to Make the Jump Into Ebooks

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 10:00 AM

http://www.cultofmac.com/report-goo...t=Google+Reader

"Add Google to the list of companies planning an ebook service. The Internet giant's Google Editions service could be up and running as early as June, the Mountain View, Calif. company told publishers Tuesday. Google would compete with Apple, Amazon and Barnes & Noble for the growing audience of electronic readers."

The big difference here, between Google, iBook, Amazon and Barnes & Noble is that the "Google Editions" is going to be available from any browser, and not just on a particular device like the iPad or Kindle. Another twist to all this is that Google Editions will be sold through other websites so you aren't tied to a particular site such as Amazon.com or the iBook store. I prefer to have my books on a reader so I don't have to depend on an Internet connection to read them so I will have no interest in this, what are your thoughts? 


Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Free iPad Starter Guide From Macworld

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 09:00 AM

http://www.macworld.com/article/150...l?lsrc=rss_main

"As you may know, for the past few years we've been publishing a series of books, more or less bi-monthly. The Macworld Superguides are available as downloadable PDFs, on paper, and some of them even appear as iPhone apps."

Eventually Macworld will get these super guides out for the iPad via iBook, but until they do they are offering a free e-book called the "iPad Starter Guide" that you can download and put into iTunes and sync with your iPad.


Thursday, March 25, 2010

How Will You Use Your iPad?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Other Apple Hardware" @ 09:00 AM

http://news.cnet.com/8301-13506_3-1...subj=News-Apple

"As the April 3 launch of the iPad approaches, market researcher ComScore has found that consumers expect to use Apple's tablet mainly for surfing the Web and checking e-mail--not for rushing the App Store."

They survey by ComScore asked 2,176 users and found that only 26% of the future iPad owners would use it to access and download applications, while 36% were unlikely to do this. Most are planning to do what I intend to do, that is surf the net, read books, use email and watch movies. You can see the survey here.


Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Perseus Books Signs With Apple

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Other Apple Hardware" @ 09:00 AM

http://www.tuaw.com/2010/03/23/larg...gns-with-apple/

"Despite threats from Amazon that it will stop selling the independent publisher's books if they sign on with Apple's iBookstore, Perseus Books Group, the largest independent publisher, has signed a deal with Apple."

Zagat and Workman Press also signed deals, so they certainly aren't responding favorably to pressure from Amazon to refrain from signing with Apple. There are are still several that haven't signed deals, but no matter (at least for me) since Amazon is set to come through with a Kindle App for the iPad, along with Barnes & Noble.


Monday, February 1, 2010

All About the iBook Standard

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Other Apple Hardware" @ 10:00 AM

http://www.tuaw.com/2010/01/31/all-...les-ibookstore/

"Overlooked in much of the hype about the iPad announcement earlier in the week was a comment by Steve Jobs in the Keynote presentation where he mentioned that the iBooks app for iPad would take advantage of the popular EPUB format for electronic books. Since we're all going to get a lot more familiar with this format in the near future, we felt it would be a good time to provide our readers with more information about EPUB."

And provide info they do, giving a complete run down on all you ever wanted to know about ePub standards and what your options are. Well, almost complete, since it still isn't clear how, or if the Amazon.com Kindle store will work with this new device. I'm hoping that Amazon.com continues with their Mac platform Kindle Reader like they have for the iPhone, then I'm pretty sure that I will be buying one of these. But if they don't, since the Barnes & Noble Nook uses the same standard as this device, I may just switch up my book buying to Barnes & Noble. And if it sounds like I'm trying to rationalize buying an iPad, well you may just be right.


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