By Christian Zibreg on Dec 10, 2013
The Google Play Books app has received a nice update this morning which lets you search through the contents of scanned pages.
If you’ve used the Google Books service before, you know that the Internet giant supports a variety of book formats, including those with free-flowing text, scanned pages or even a combination of both.
Unlike the regular text which can be copied and pasted, scanned pages are regular images. Therefore, to make searching of scanned pages possible some sort of an optical character recognition (OCR) feature needs to run either on the device itself or on the server.
That’s exactly what this Google Play Books update does for you… Read More
By Cody Lee on Nov 15, 2013
It’s been a big week for Apple-related book releases, with two major titles hitting the shelves: Dogfight: How Apple And Google Went To War And Started a Revolution and Jony Ive: The Genius Behind Apple’s Greatest Products.
The latter is a full-length biography on Ive, Apple’s senior vice president of design. And if you’ve been thinking about picking it up, you’ll be interested to know that you can snag it at a nice discount in this two-book combo deal… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Nov 14, 2013
I’ve been following Leander Kahney for quite some time now, going all the way back to his Wired and The Guardian years. Kahney now runs the Cult of Mac Apple blog and he’s already published three books about technology and Apple’s culture: Inside Steve’s Brain, the New York Times bestseller about Steve Jobs, Cult of Mac about the creation of the Mac and Cult of iPod which chronicles how Apple’s music player came to be.
Building on the experiences in writing these books, Kahney has now taken a crack at demystifying Apple’s arguably most powerful executive after Tim Cook, the guy who put sexiness in Apple’s gadgets and flattened all your icons – 46-year-old British industrial designer Sir Jonathan Ive.
I’ve skimmed through the book and cherry-picked a few interesting anecdotes… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Oct 16, 2013
If you read a lot but find electronic books Apple offers on its iBook Store a tad pricey, you should consider Oyster, an awesome subscription-based e-book service that gives you unlimited access to over a hundred thousand titles for a flat monthly fee of just $9.95.
‘The Netflix of e-books,’ as some call this New York-based startup, launched last month as a private beta on an invite-only basis on Apple’s iPhone and iPod touch.
Today, the service announced it is now open to everyone. Moreover, they’ve released a new version of the iPhone app which adds native iPad support ahead of Apple’s October 22 media event. I have more information right after the break… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Oct 7, 2013
Much ink has been spilt about Apple’s industrial design skills and the polarizing look and feel of its unapologetically sexy gadgets. Jonathan Zufi’s photographic shrine of Apple’s design work is taking it all to the next level. The 42-year-old Australian native has managed to put together a massive 326-page coffee table sized book containing detailed photographs he’s meticulously taken over the years.
It showcases Apple products and their packaging from the designer’s point of view, unlike any Apple book you’ve ever held in your hands. This has got to be the most original and detailed tribute to Apple’s design prowess I have seen to date, check it out right past the fold… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Sep 16, 2013
With less than 48 hours until iOS 7 is let out of the cage, Apple’s iOS developers have been tremendously busy updating their iPhone and iPad apps with iOS 7 compatibility. Needles to say, we’re expecting a brand new and flattened version of the company’s own iBooks app and its other downloadable iPhone and iPad programs, such as the free iLife/iWork suite. But those who get their electronic books from Google, however, should download the newly updated Play Books app.
Not only does it include handy support for copy and paste, there’s the tremendously useful unified account sign-in feature which lets you skip typing altogether and instead log in with your Google Account real fast… Read More
By Ed Sutherland on Aug 13, 2013
The judge in the government’s antitrust lawsuit has weighed in on settlement negotiations between the Department of Justice and Apple.
The iPhone maker could reopen staggered renegotiations with e-book publishers, U.S. District Court Judge Denise Cote reportedly said Monday.
Government lawyers had recommend that Apple agree to drop its current e-book contracts and abstain from a new agreements for five years. Judge Cote, who ruled Apple conspired with publishers to raise prices of e-books ahead of the iPad’s launch, also wants to hold another hearing, possibly to review guidelines she is suggesting… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Aug 9, 2013
Today’s a big day for Apple as the company faces some major legal showdowns. First, the United States International Trade Commission handed down its final ruling on the long-running complaint against Samsung, ordering an import ban on infringing Samsung smartphones and tablets, which will take effect at the end of the 60-day Presidential review period.
It’s a major win for Apple in its long-standing dispute against Samsung. However, the company is also waging another major battle, this one concerning the U.S. government’s e-book price fixing allegations.
Apple’s agency business model – where publishers get to price their iBooks themselves, with Apple keeping its standard 30 percent cut – has unfortunatelly suffered a major setback as its request to suspend Judge Cote’s ruling in e-book case has been denied… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Aug 9, 2013
In another twist to the e-book case involving Apple and five major book publishers, the United States Department of Justice (DoJ) on Friday said Apple and publishers have “banded together once again,” arguing strict regulation is necessary. Apple of course argued a stay. The government may be attempting to gain leverage here by accusing (again) Apple of conspiring with publishers ahead of today’s decision on punishment in the e-book antitrust case… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Aug 8, 2013
I like Google’s Play Books app even though it’s severely crippled due to Apple’s policy of prohibiting links to external stores, which doesn’t make it very useful if you want to browse and download some new reading material to your device (to shop books, visit Google Play in your browser).
Other than that, it’s a solid reading app and perhaps a nice gateway drug to Google’s other content stores.
It’s been a while since Google last updated Play Books so today saw an interesting update which has brought out three useful features. I’ve included the description and a few nice screenshots right after the break… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jun 17, 2013
Walter Isaacson’s authorized Steve Jobs bio book arrived on October 24, 2011, shortly following Apple co-founder’s passing earlier that month. It quickly outsold popular titles such as Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo and StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath to top Amazon’s best-selling list of 2011 in less than two months.
Currently available in a hardcover edition via Amazon and others or digitally on the Kindle Store and Apple’s iBookStore, Steve Jobs: A Biography will be available in a paperback form on September 10, with a young Steve on the cover… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Apr 25, 2013
Apple has lost three copyright infringement cases in China as No.2 Intermediate People’s Court ruled Tuesday that the iPhone maker’s App Store infringed on the copyrights owned by Beijing-based Motie Press and Chinese writers Mai Jia and Yu Zhuo.
As part of the ruling, Apple was ordered to pay damages of CNY 520,000, or approximately $141,563 to Motie Press, in addition to CNY 200,000 (about $54,447) to Mai Jia and CNY 10,000 (about $2,722) to Yu Zhuo… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Feb 27, 2013
In addition to refreshing its Cloud Player software with a brand new iPad interface and other features, online retailer Amazon last night pushed an update to its Kindle client for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.
Hopefully you haven’t had a chance to hit the Update button yet, because Kindle version 3.6.1 for iOS has a nasty bug which will delete your entire book library on your device. Of course, all your purchases are still safely available in the Amazon cloud.
The company has acknowledged as much in the app’s release notes on iTunes. “There is a known issue with this update,” the note reads. “If you are an existing Kindle for iOS user, we recommend you do not install the update at this time”. There, you have been warned. The company issued a statement confirming that it’s come up with a fix and a new version is underway.
UPDATE: Kindle version 3.6.2 has just gone live on the App Store, fixing the account deregistering glitch… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Feb 8, 2013
Last September, three of the nation’s top five book publishers settled with The United States Justice Department (DOJ) over alleged collusion in the pricing of e-books, despite Apple crying foul and accusing Amazon of assisting the government’s agenda. Following DOJ’s deal with HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster and Hachette, Penguin followed suite in December 2012 and today DOJ announced that Macmillan has stricken a similar settlement with Uncle Sam, leaving Apple as a lone holdout in the suit… Read More
By Mike Schnier on Jan 23, 2013
Ever make a mental note to watch a movie, listen to an album, or read a book, and realize months later that you forgot what you wanted to do in the first place? This happens to the best of us, but it doesn’t have to.
Done Not Done is an automated ‘watch/read/listen’ list for iOS. You can select movies, books, and albums you’ve seen or want to see (or hear), and Done Not Done will keep track of them for you. If you connect Done Not Done to Twitter or Facebook, you can even get ideas and recommendations from friends who are using the app… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Dec 13, 2012
Apple today posted a comprehensive list of the top iTunes sellers in 2012, ranging from e-books and podcasts to television shows and movies to apps and songs. The charts representing the best iTunes content in 2012 list the top sellers for every iTunes category. Paid and free apps are listed separately, and then again for the iPhone and iPad. Go past the fold to see if your favorite apps made it on the list… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Aug 16, 2012
As you know, the United States Department of Justice (DoJ) in April filed an antitrust lawsuit against Apple and five publishers for alleged price fixing related to digital books. Though the Government proposed a settlement with Hachette SA, HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster, Apple is now calling that deal “fundamentally unfair, unlawful, and unprecedented”, arguing that litigation is needed.
Claiming the Government has “unwittingly placed a thumb on the scales in favor of Amazon”, Apple says that the proposed settlement would “terminate and rewrite Apple’s bargained-for contracts” before the company has a chance to defend itself… Read More