If you're the sort of person who reads a ton of books from Amazon's Kindle service on your iOS device (like we do), you might be happy to learn that the e-retailing behemoth is introducing a service that will let you "borrow" as many books as you want per month. Amazon is calling it Kindle Unlimited, and it will set you back $10 each month.
Last July, Apple lost an antitrust lawsuit brought by the Department of Justice. The lawsuit, initiated by Amazon, was a little odd from the beginning, what with the presiding judge announcing before the trial that she fully expected Apple to lose. Everything seemed to happen exactly the way Amazon needed it to happen; U.S. District Judge Denise Cote ruled against Apple, and included some very harsh sentencing that should help Amazon regain much of its lost eBook monopoly. But Apple is not giving up that easily.
After losing the bizarre eBook trial with the United States Department of Justice in July, Apple awaited whatever sanctions the court was deliberating on handing out. On Friday, the DOJ proposed its settlement with Apple based on its ruling the company was indeed guilty of conspiring to fix eBook prices.
Apple lost the Ebook trial, and we were surprised. We thought the government's case was crumbling. We thought the winds had shifted to Apple's favor. We thought that once the truth of the Department of Justice's case againstApple (for allegedly conspiring with publisher to price-fix eBooks) was revealed, there was no way Cupertino would lose. We're sorry. We were wrong. We were not alone in this assessment, however. Either way, what does Apple do now? Let's discuss.
If you are a patent holder and you haven't tried to sue Apple, you really are sort of bush league. Suing Apple is what all the cool patent holders are doing. This week, Boston University is looking to land a windfall of cash from Cupertino, and there might be a pretty good chance that university will win. Also, catch up on the details of the Department of Justice's big case against Apple, as we all await the final ruling that could change the way eBooks are sold.
As well as providing a simple and effective route into publishing an ebook, iBooks Author has a number of tricks up its sleeve to make your titles truly stand out. One such trick is its Review widget, available from the Widgets menu. This offers publishers the chance to include tests within the pages of their book to help readers learn or recap topics covered. While these tests are mainly useful for textbooks and other educational materials, the question styles provide a number of possibilities, and are easy to implement.
The Kindle, and later the iPad, have sparked a huge interest in e-books, but most merely replicate what we’re used to on the printed page. Well, that's not good enough for our former vice president. Al Gore has worked with Push Pop Press to produce something different: a digital version of his book Our Choice that takes advantage of the unique technologies offered by Apple’s iPad, iPod touch, and iPhone.
It is hard to believe that in just under a year ago, Apple introduced the iPad and persuaded many to change their views of mobile computing. The iBook Store was launched a few months later, and changed people's perception of e-books, but when Steve Jobs said Apple planned to "Stand on [Amazon's] shoulders and go a little further," he may have been mumbling more than just some marketing terms.
There can only be one... or in this case, two, if you're talking about the current state of the e-book reader market. The always insightful Ars Technica has posted an interesting read on the state of the e-book reader. The broad strokes? The iPad and the Kindle bring da noise like no one else for the time being.
Sure, we all swooned with delight when Apple CEO Steve Jobs showed us how we’ll be reading books on our iPad in the future, courtesy of the new iBooks app. But what if you want to load up your new device with e-books that aren’t from Apple’s own iBookstore?