Apple’s iOS devices are enticing to adults who can afford them, but a new generation of kids have also become instantly engaged with them as well -- and developers are more than happy to keep them occupied with fresh new entertainment, including this week’s release of Ben 10 Triple Threat.
There are more e-readers out there than you know. Not only are there devices of all kinds and configurations and price points, but there are apps a-plenty for these devices a-plenty. But everyone knows what you mean when you say e-reader. You mean the Big Three, the Top Dogs, the Big Kahunas. You mean the trinity of the Kindle, the Nook, and the iPad.
Maybe we'll talk devices another day, but for now both of the iPad's competitors dish up rather full-featured iOS apps to challenge Apple's iBooks. The thinking goes, "Don't worry about profiting off the devices; aim to sell titles, wherever, however." So how do they stack up?
Looking for some new reading material for your summer trips? Books are now available for purchase directly from the iTunes store. Previously, you could only purchase e-books through the iBookstore on your iPhone or iPad. But, since Apple yesterday announced the Newsstand feature in the next iteration of iOS, the store seems to have adapted to these new changes. Users will now be able to buy books from their computers and then sync them to their devices.
Aldus PageMaker virtually overnight cemented the Mac as “the” platform for desktop publishing in 1985, a tradition that continued in 2004 when the mantle was passed to Adobe InDesign. A lot has changed since then, and with the latest CS5.5 update, InDesign is no longer just for laying out print publications.
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.
If you’re a frequent reader of EPUB format e-books in iBooks (try saying that 10 times fast!), your life is about to get a little easier -- Apple has quietly enabled the ability to open EPUB files in iBooks right from web pages and email messages.
In case you didn’t know, the Children’s Book Fair is underway this week in Bologna, Italy, where iOS developer FrogDogMedia has announced it’s joining forces with Germany’s zuuka! GmbH to create “the world’s largest publisher of mobile children’s entertainment.” Take that, Disney!
As every parent knows, kids can get bored quickly -- but thankfully, the iPad makes a great companion with a wide variety of choices. Yoplait Kids has joined forces with the iStoryTime line to bring kids six new storybook options for the iPad, all absolutely free for a limited time.
If there’s one group that loves Apple’s iOS device perhaps even more than their parents, it’s toddlers. As every parent knows, keeping them occupied throughout the day can often be a challenge -- and one that the iStoryTime line of apps is ready to come to the rescue.
If, like a favorite novel, a good e-reader is something you want to return to again and again, the current version of Google Books will gather plenty of digital dust sitting on our shelves. Admittedly, first impressions aren’t bad: the app includes three free classics, and with three million titles in Google’s eBookstore, there’s plenty more where those came from. The contents of your Google Books library—including purchases, samples, and your places in them—sync to your Google account, so everything you’re interested in appears on all your devices simultaneously, just a download away. Unfortunately for heavy readers, your library can’t be reorganized by title or author, but at least the most recently read book appears at the top.