12/17/2013, ‘Tis the season for giving, ain’t it? If that is the case, then you might as well check out the upgraded ability of the iBooks apps for iOS 7, where Apple now allows you to purchase iBooks for someone else via its gifting system. Hmmm, someone had better come up with some sort of virtual Christmas tree so that the recipient will be able to open up all of the […]
10/24/2013, In real-life, one is able to gift friends and family just about anything, such as albums, clothing, toys, gadgets, books, and etc., but online is a different story, at least as far as digital content is concerned. As it stands in the iTunes Store, users will be able to gift things such as songs, apps, and videos, but oddly enough the option to gift iBooks has not yet been included, […]
11/14/2012, Whether you love or hate the skeumorphic design employed in the iBooks app on Apple’s iOS devices, you have to admit that the somewhat realistic effect of the turning pages is quite a pretty one. Well it seems that if you were hoping to see what effect employed on other non-iOS devices in the future, you might not be able to as Apple has been granted a patent for the […]
01/23/2012, If you thought Apple’s recent foray into the education world with iBooks textbooks was a great idea, you’re right. According to Global Equities Research, which monitors Apple’s iBook sales via a proprietary tracking system – over 350,000 textbooks have been downloaded within the first three days since they were made available. Global Equities Research has also reported around 90,000 downloads of iBooks Author in the same time period as well. […]
01/20/2012, If you want to create an eBook using Apple’s iBooks Author app, make sure you read the End User License Agreement before starting anything. According to reports online, all books created with iBooks Author can only be distributed and sold by Apple. This means that your iBooks Author created masterpiece can’t be sold anywhere else. Here’s what the restriction has to say: “If you charge a fee for any book […]
01/20/2012, While we’ve had cases hinting at the design of the next generation iPad (iPad 2S/3), we now have some images that suggest a higher-resolution display on the tablet. Some folks dug around the iBooks 2 app and discovered some retina-ready graphics available. The images are twice the size of the regular iBooks images and would display correctly on a screen 2048 x 1536 in dimension – which is double the […]
01/19/2012, In addition to the release of iBooks 2, Apple also announced the launch of iBooks Author – a free app downloadable from the Mac App Store that lets anybody easily create textbooks suitable for the iBooks App. GarageBand for iBooks? Sure sounds like it. While I haven’t given iBooks Author a spin, it is supposed to be easy to use and powerful. Best of all, it doesn’t cost a thing […]
01/19/2012, It looks like these week’s rumors about Apple’s education were right on the dot. Apple announced today the launch of iBooks 2 for iPad – which introduces the support for iPad textbooks. iBooks textbooks are said to offer iPad users “gorgeous, fullscreen textbooks with interactive animations, diagrams, photos, videos, unrivaled navigation and much more. iBooks textbooks can be kept up to date, don’t weigh down a backpack and never have […]
08/24/2011, About a week ago we reported that Starbucks had recently revamped their “Pick of the week” promotion, and instead of giving their patrons a free card that would allow them to redeem a free song, they instead changed it to a free app of the week. For music aficionados this was probably a little disappointing, but it appears that Starbucks is further expanding their offering.
07/29/2011, Digital rights management (DRM) was one of the methods introduced in order to help combat the piracy of digital media, such as ebooks and MP3s. Unfortunately DRM also limits how you go about sharing your files, which can be troublesome if you were hoping to transfer them to another medium or to a new computer. In a way it acts as a double-edged sword.
04/22/2011, When it comes to book reading apps, users of iOS devices have got plenty to choose from – from big name apps like Kindle from Amazon, Nook from Barnes & Noble, and Apple’s own offering – iBooks. Folks who use iBooks on their iOS devices will be glad to know Apple has released a new update for the eBook reading app. iBooks 1.2.2. is a minor update that improves the […]
03/01/2011, One of the world’s largest publishers of physical books, Random House has finalized a deal with Apple to sell their books on their eBook store – iBooks. Random House has stated that they will be changing their pricing in order to accommodate the 30% cut that Apple requires for putting their books on sale on their eBook store. This means that iBooks users will soon have access to Random House’s […]
02/15/2011, Despite jailbreaking the iPhone being deemed legal, Apple isn’t going to stop trying to prevent users from jailbreaking the device. Folks have noticed that the latest version of iBooks, version 1.2.1, refuses to open books on jailbroken iPhones. Comex, from the iPhone Dev Team, has explained how the hack works. It seems that before the device loads a DRM-protected book, iBooks will try to run a small program that has […]
01/16/2011, There have been plenty of rumors going around as to whether the iPad 2 would feature an upgraded display or not. Some recent discoveries hinted that it would remain at the 1024 x 768 pixel resolution display, though some additional information has surfaced. We’re talking about version 1.1 of Apple’s iBooks application that has some artwork for an iPad that has its pixels doubled to 2045 x 1536 at 260 […]