Way back in 1992, Broderbund Software launched Living Books, one of the first instances of PC-based, interactive storytelling. Two decades later, Wanderful is reassembling members of the original Living Books team, bringing the stories to iOS devices for a whole new generation of children.
Last July, Amazon reported that sales of e-books passed those of hardcovers. This January, e-book sales passed paperbacks. In March, brick-and-mortar bookseller Borders filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Most recently, my beloved neighborhood bookstore, Cover to Cover, called it quits after decades of serving our community as a warm and friendly source of reading and research advice, as well as a comfy haven for kids, grown-ups, and old folks alike.
Although Apple has yet to confirm the rumor, it appears there’s evidence that Cupertino has ensured its virtual iBookstore shelves will be sufficiently stocked come iPad launch day, courtesy of free e-book titles from Project Gutenberg.
Not that it’s a huge shocker, but Amazon has just gone live with a new page on their website promising a Kindle for iPad app -- and they aren’t stopping there, with versions for other tablet devices as well.
Seemingly contradicting recent reports that iBookstore pricing on the iPad will fall between $12.99 and $14.99 for new releases, The New York Times has a new report which indicates the $9.99 price point may not be dead after all.
With “big five” publisher Macmillan and e-tailer Amazon putting the wraps on their new deal over the weekend, the wheels are being set in motion for the $9.99 e-book to meet an untimely demise by the time the iPad arrives late next month.