Amazon just hit the Android digital shelves with an update to the app for that platform. Apart from adding voice search and Wikipedia, there was also a nice big fat number hidden in their release documents. 700,000 to be exact.
With Apple's iAd venture off to a bumpy start, and iBook sales moving along slower than expected in the face of the Kindle's enormous popularity, Apple is considering a move that will either be embraced by publishers and consumers, or despised. According to The Wall Street Journal and CNET, Apple is seriously considering the insertion of iAds into the content available to consumers through the iBook Store. You read that right--the eBooks you paid good money for could soon come with advertising material as part of the package.
We’re not sure what Apple’s got their App Store elves on these days, but for the second time this week they’ve pushed out an update to iBooks -- this time apparently to squash a bug introduced in the earlier version.
This week's podcast follows the adventures of Florence, Susie and Nic as they decipher the true meaning behind Apple's free Bumper program. Also, iBooks got an update to look even sexier on the iPhone 4's retina display and the Mac Paint source code is donated to the the Computer History Museum.
Plus, we answer your hard-hitting Facebook and Twitter questions!
Oh boy, isn't today just filled with updating goodness? Grab yourselves a cuppa very chilly iced tea and sit back and relax as iTunes basically upgrades your whole life. In addition to iTunes 9.2.1, iBooks is also announcing an update [iTunes link]. This version will enable you to open and read PDF documents from Mail and the ability to search for them. In addition, you'll be able to take advantage of the new bookmarking systems with the new page ribbon, and keep them synced wirelessly between your mobile iDevices.
Book reader programs for the iPhone have been around for quite a while now, and it's clear iBooks takes some of the better elements as inspiration. The creator of Delicious Library was actually a bit upset about how closely iBooks resembled his software's interface. But there might just be a giant waiting in the wings to upset Apple's cart -- Microsoft.
Here's some beautiful news to our ears: tests taken among a 24-person sample group suggest that reading an e-book takes more time than reading a regular ole' book, and the iPad is actually easier to read than a Kindle device.
Jakob Nielsen of the Nielsen Norman Group studied the differences between the three book mediums and found that reading a short Hemingway story on the iPad took 6.2 percent more time to read than a book. The Kindle 2, on the other hand, took 10.7 percent more time to read. Test subjects gave the iPad a score of 5.8, the Kindle a 5.7 and the book a 5.6.
This week's tips focus mostly on the iPad, but one of them will work on a iPhone running iOS 4. You will learn how to stifle your iPad's loud noise making tendencies, get more out of Mail previews, use the iPad dock more effectively and how to become your own iBook publisher.
With Apple's introduction of iBooks 1.1 today, there's simply no reason not to get your intellectual game on.
The latest edition of the software allows iPhone and iPod touch users to get in on the party--you'll be able to download the App to your handset or player, provided you're rocking iOS 4. If you've already started an iBook library for your iPad, you'll be able to sync it to your other iBook capable devices with minimal frustration. There's little doubt however, that while the convienience of having your library at your fingertips, no matter which device you have on you at any given time is a bonus, you're gonna miss the comfortably large reading space afforded by the iPad's screen.