Say what you want about Apple, but more often than not the company realizes its mistakes and tries to make things right again. That also now appears to be the case with some of its draconian in-app subscription rules which have threatened to kill off many publishers’ business models.
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.
Zinio's multiplatform reader -- which lets you download digital magazines and view them on numerous devices, including iPhone and Mac -- expands to iPad in a stellar app, delivering hundreds of top publications with single issue and subscription purchases. At launch, the Zinio app displayed a few frustrating stumbles, including slow-loading pages and blurry text when zooming. Luckily, numerous post-release updates have largely addressed these quibbles, making for a worthwhile reading experience on the iPad.