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Monday, October 24, 2011

Jobs Book Now Available, From a Variety of Sources

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple News" @ 06:00 PM

http://www.macobserver.com/tmo/arti...amazon_audible/

"The official biography of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs started shipping on Monday, just as the publisher, Simon & Schuster promised. The book is available through several retailers including Apple's iBookstore, Amazon.com and Audible.com."

Its available in a variety of languages from the iBook Store [affiliate link] for $16.99 USD, or you can get it in audio format [affiliate link] for $29.95 USD. You can also head over to Amazon.com and pick up a copy in a variety of formats.


Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Free eBooks From Apple and Starbucks

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 11:22 AM

http://gigaom.com/apple/apple-adds-...(GigaOM:+Apple)

"Apple loves giving Starbucks customers free stuff. This week it introduced an e-book Pick of the Week to go along with the free song and app of the week programs it already has in place. Books can be redeemed through Apple iBookstore, for use with iBooks on iOS devices."

The book is normally $12.99 USD so not a bad free gift. Bonus if it's readable. Add this to the free songs and apps, makes you want to go into Starbucks even more doesn't it? Who cares about coffee! Well, I do actually, this is just a nice enhancement to it though.


Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Apple Rejects Sony Reader App

Posted by Joe Johaneman in "Apple Talk" @ 07:00 AM

http://www.tipb.com/2011/02/01/appl...ases-app-store/

"According to the New York Times, Apple has rejected a few apps recently including Sony's Reader app, based on the way content is purchased for use within the app. Sony's Reader app is an eBook platform similar to Apple's own iBooks app and the Amazon Kindle app. Content can be found and purchased outside the app, bypassing Apple's iTunes Store and therefore bypassing Apples[sic] slice of the pie."

I really hope this isn't true. If Apple goes in this direction, I can see the ebook sellers leaving the App store. Right now, the iPad is the best device for reading ebooks because you can buy from any store. But if Apple takes a cut from every purchase, then the ebook sellers have two choices: charge more for their books on the iPad, or leave the iPad all together. I suspect they'll choose the latter. This doesn't bode well. What do you think: should Apple force ebook sellers to give Apple a cut of every ebook sale?

Tags: sony, ebooks, ipad, ibooks

Monday, September 27, 2010

Author Disappointed With iBook Sales

Posted by Joe Johaneman in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 09:00 AM

http://thenextweb.com/media/2010/09...n-ibooks-sales/

"Konrath has just passed the 100,000 eBooks sold mark, and he has shared his numbers as to on which platforms the books were sold. To put the most important number up first, Konrath sold 78,412 of the 100,000 eBooks on Kindle."

Joe Konrath revealed his ebook sales, and he says that he only sold 400 ebook copies in the iBooks store, and over 70,000 in the Kindle store. He blames the iBookstore, and I can't say as I blame him. It's really a horribly experience there, and I have never purchased a book there. They hardly ever have anything I want to read (I read mostly literary fiction), and when they do, Amazon almost always has it cheaper (either as a paperback or ebook). Worse, discovering new works is next to impossible. There's just no decent recommendation service in the iBookstore. It's painful to navigate, and the only convenient thing about it is that it's linked to my iTunes account so purchasing books is easy. But so is purchasing books from the Amazon web site. I think Apple has a real problem here, and they need to address it soon. In my opinion, they should stop spending resources on side projects like Ping until they get this problem fixed. Otherwise, they're not going to sell many books. Of course, they make more money from selling iPads at this point, but that probably won't last forever. They need more content in the iBookstore, and they need a simpler interface and a discovery system. Have you ever purchased anything from the iBookstore?


Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Harper Collins: eBook Sales Overtake Hardcopy Sales

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Apple Talk" @ 10:00 PM

"Another promising sign for e-books. The electronic version of a recently-released mystery novel outsold the hardcover version, according to the publisher, HarperCollins.

The thriller by Laura Lippman, "I'd Know You Anywhere," which hit bookstands Aug. 17 sold 4,739 e-books versus 4,000 hardcover versions during the first five days the title was available. However, there's no mystery why e-book sales are edging out physical book purchases."

No surprise that eBook sales are in ascent, despite the somewhat misleading title of the referenced article. Harper Collins has seen their eBook sales double in the last year, (but) today comprising (only) about 8 percent of their sales. Why, you may ask? One theory: A positive review gets posted online, and readers are immediately able to buy (acquire/download) the book online, 24x7, at a variety of sources. No more waiting for the bookstore to open at 10am tomorrow. No more "out of stock." Regardless of the platform, the book is often immediately available online, whether you're using a Kindle (number one!), a Nook, a Sony Reader, something else, or an iBooks-capable device. Instant gratification. In an attempt to appease print publishers losing revenue over sales of eBooks, Apple has offered to add iAds to books sold by Apple, but this idea has been rejected by publishers - so far. I'm a pretty avid reader, and I try to find new books online before browsing the bookshelves in bricks-and-mortar stores, but I don't think that eBooks will overtake printed books until a eBook reader arrives on the scene that is affordable to everyone. What do you believe is a realistic price point for "the eReader for the rest of us?" $29? $49? $99?


Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Tips and Tricks - iPad Secrets Now Available as an iBook

Posted by Joe Johaneman in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 07:30 AM

http://macmegasite.com/node/12565

"A beautiful high-resolution illustrated edition of Tips and Tricks - iPad Secrets is now available as an iBook to download through the iBooks store. Featuring over 80 great illustrated tips, it utilizes the iBooks reader to provide a brilliant reading experience to learn all about the iPad. With over 3 million iPads sold, this is the perfect companion to the iPad."

It looks like a pretty handy book to have on your iPad if your unfamiliar with how iOS and the iPad work. And it's pretty hard to beat the price. It's available for $1.99 in the iBook store and it is available internationally.

Tags: software, ibooks

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

iPad Faster/Better Than Kindle, Slower/Better Than Paper

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 11:00 AM

http://www.electronista.com/article....for.e.reading/

"Reading on an iPad is better than a Kindle, a study by Nielsen Norman has found."

image credit: iPhone App Freelancer

An interesting study found that reading on an iPad was faster than on a Kindle, but both were slower than reading from paper. The iPad beat the Kindle in usability, with more clearly defined fonts, and an easier to understand page marker. In an enjoyability scale, the iPad won, followed by the Kindle, with traditional books last. Interesting but odd mixture of quantitative and qualitative statistics, with no indication of sample size or how the study was conducted. I prefer reading on the iPad over the Kindle, but still find that I'm still reading a lot of paper books.


Monday, June 21, 2010

iBooks Updated for iOS 4

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 02:00 PM

http://appadvice.com/appnn/2010/06/...one-ipod-touch/

"Most iPhone and iPod touch users are likely on a downloading binge today. Not only has iOS 4 been released, but tons of apps have been receiving multitasking updates, and now Apple has released an update to iBooks that adds universal support, among the many other new features."

So what are those new features?

Read more...


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