By Sebastien Page on Feb 18, 2012
I’ve never been interested into reading books on my iPad or iPhone for a couple reasons. First, I spend all day staring at a screen, so when I want to relax and read a book, I want to look at anything but another screen. Second, and maybe more importantly, having developed bad carpal tunnel syndrome from spending too much time on a computer, I really don’t need to make things worse by holding an iPad in my hand when I want to read.
This being said, I understand the practicality of reading books on an iPad or any eReader. You can fit many more books in an iPad than you could in the trunk of your car. Besides, this post isn’t about why I like or dislike the iBookstore. It’s about the process of updating a book purchased on it… Read More
By Guest Author on Jan 23, 2012
Last Thursday, Apple took the stage at Guggenheim Museum in New York City to unveil its new educational content and publishing tools based on the iBooks platform. The event was centered around the releases of iBooks 2, iTunes U for iOS, and iBooks Author for Mac. And, as reported by AllThingsD, the response to the company’s educational efforts has been nothing short of phenomenal.
According to Global Equities Research, upwards of 350,000 interactive textbooks for iPad were downloaded from the iBookstore during the first three days of availability. iBooks Author, Apple’s free textbook creation tool for Mac, also had just shy of 100,000 downloads during its opening weekend. Best of all, it’s a win-win situation for both students and publishers… Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 19, 2012
We just got the chance to go hands-on with one of the first textbooks to appear in Apple’s textbook section of the iBookstore, and we were very impressed by what we saw.
Besides the fact that the book downloads are very hefty in size, making for a pretty lengthy download time over Wi-Fi, the content is great for education. Kids in school are going to learn a lot, and best of all, they’re going to enjoy doing so.
Check inside for our hands-on demonstration of E.O. Wilson’s Life on Earth — one of Apple’s flagship textbooks to demonstrate the power of textbooks on iPad… Read More
By Cody Lee on Jan 18, 2012
Fortune Editor Adam Lashinsky is releasing a book next week entitled Inside Apple. The book is expected to contain several secrets regarding the Mac-making company that aren’t currently considered public knowledge.
Excerpts from the title have been spilling out onto the web over the last few days. Yesterday, we told you that the book taps iOS executive Scott Forstall as Apple’s next CEO. And today, a story has surfaced regarding Eddy Cue… Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 17, 2012
If your iPhone is jailbroken on iOS 5.0.1, and you use iBooks, chances are you’ve encountered the dreaded “Configuration Error”.
No worries though, as both RedSn0w and Corona have been updated to remedy the issue.
Inside, we’ll show you how to use the Corona package from the Chronic Dev Team to fix the iBooks issue on jailbroken 5.0.1 devices. Read More
By Cody Lee on Jan 16, 2012
Last week, Apple sent out invitations for a New York-based media event set to take place on January 19th. They read: “Join us for an education announcement in the Big Apple.” But what could Apple be announcing?
As The Wall Street Journal points out, the iPad was originally pitched as a device that would transform the classroom experience — a promise that has yet to materialize. But that could change this Thursday… Read More
By Oliver Haslam on Jan 8, 2012
As if Apple’s lawyers don’t have enough on their plate right now, it appears that they will soon be needing to hop on a plane and head to China, with a new legal bruhaha brewing.
Apple is now being asked for $1.88 million dollars, with a collection of Chinese authors claiming that 37 of their works are being distributed illegally on the iBookstore – Apple’s Kindle competitor.
As if to add insult to injury, Apple has been taking its customary 30% of all sales in the store, effectively receiving money thanks to pirated materials… Read More
By Alex Heath on Jan 3, 2012
Following yesterday’s report that Apple is planning a relatively low-key media event in New York this month, more sources have weighed in on what the company has planned for its upcoming announcement.
Last night TechCrunch said that Apple’s event will focus on publishing and iBooks. Four more sources have corroborated that report this morning, and it looks like Apple is about to enter the textbook space. Read More
By Guest Author on Dec 6, 2011
Walter Isaacson’s authorized biography of Steve Jobs has become Amazon’s best-selling title of 2011. The book made its debut on October 24th, and in less than 2 months it has already outsold many popular titles, including Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo, and StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath.
The total sales of the bio haven’t been released, but the book did remarkably well in its first week, selling more than 379,000 copies. You can find the book in a hardcover edition on Amazon or digitally on the Kindle Store. You can also grab a copy on Apple’s iBookStore… Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 25, 2011
Yesterday, a book about Steve Jobs was released; perhaps you’ve heard of it?
Sadly, if you’re an iBooks reader with a jailbroken iOS 5 device, you won’t be doing too much catching up on the late Apple CEO’s affairs, or otherwise.
That’s because iBooks crashes on iOS 5 devices that are jailbroken, rendering it quite useless. Fortunately, there is a workaround. Check out the video tutorial inside, for an in-depth walkthrough on the fix… Read More
By Sebastien Page on Oct 23, 2011
A quick note to let you know that the Steve Jobs biography by Walter Isaacson is now available in the iBookStore for $16.99. The release date was officially scheduled for November, but it was moved ahead when Steve passed away 18 days ago.
The book is also available right now for Kindle on Amazon. As of tomorrow Monday October, 24th, you’ll also be able to buy this book from your local bookstore… Read More
By Sebastien Page on Sep 22, 2011
Books are so pre-iPad era! Books are actually so passé that this Eau Claire, WI library decided to let its members check out iPads instead of books. Loaded with 1,000 eBooks and 10 audio books, you can check out one of the library’s 44 iPads to use for 4 hours, or for a full 7-day period.
Even though some libraries have already stepped into the digital age by offering eReaders to its members, this seems to be the first time a library develops such a wide program… Read More
By Guest Author on Jul 25, 2011
Google Books is the first major app to be booted from the App Store for not complying with Apple’s latest in-app purchases policy. Apple’s new rules, which went into affect on June 30, state that no app can provide a link to purchasing additional content outside of Apple’s ecosystem.
Unfortunately, Google decided not to remove the link to its own eBooks store from its app, and it is no longer available as a result.
Google’s app first hit the App Store in December, and along with Amazon’s Kindle, it’s one of the major rivals to Apple’s own iBookstore. However, whereas Amazon’s Kindle and a number of other applications have been updated to comply with Apple’s terms, Google has so far decided not to bother… Read More
By Kickstar13 on Apr 23, 2011
I have to say, I absolutely love using the iBooks app on all my iDevices. This has to be one of the best features (in my opinion) in iOS 4, and since its release I’ve been using it at least once every week. If you’re an iBooks user, you’ll be glad to know Apple has pushed out another update to further improve the iBooks experience.
Apple yesterday updated its popular iBook app with several important bug fixes, stability and performance improvements. Read More
By Alex Heath on Mar 17, 2011
Apple has released some new ads that focus on the three main e-commerce stores for the iPhone. These short, 30 second promos focus on the App Store, iTunes, and iBooks.
The main focus of these three ads is to show what people who don’t have the iPhone are missing. The “If you don’t have an iPhone” tag line plays throughout the ad as different features of each store are pointed out. Each ad ends with a little jab: “If you don’t have an iPhone, well, you don’t have an iPhone.”
Watch the three ads after the break…