Latest Ars Technica OS X review has bumpy road to e-book release

By libertyc
July 25, 2012 // 0 Comments

Last year we covered Ars Technica publishing John Siracusa’s 27,000-word comprehensive review of OS X 10.7 Lion as an e-book, and the very successful sales numbers for a review that could still be [...]

DC Comics releases Batman graphic novel via iBooks

By libertyc
July 18, 2012 // 0 Comments

Less than a month after finally coming to Barnes & Noble e-books, DC Comics has just placed its first graphic novel with Apple’s iBooks store. The recent graphic novel Batman: Earth One, a [...]

Page-turning animation is popular for e-readers

By libertyc
May 13, 2012 // 6 Comments

You wouldn’t think that you would find page-flipping on tablets. But many e-reading apps have it. iBooks has a page-turn animation, which it actually lifted (along with its wooden bookshelf [...]

Giving e-books as gifts is as as easy as clicking a link

By libertyc
May 5, 2012 // 1 Comment

CNet’s Sharon Vaknin has a 3-minute video (embedded below) in which she covers some ways of giving e-books as gifts. While the process is pretty simple overall, it is interesting to see Vaknin [...]

Ars Technica reviews iBooks Author 1.1

By libertyc
April 29, 2012 // 1 Comment

Interested in learning how iBooks Author works? On Ars Technica, Dave Girard has posted a 4-page-long review of the free e-book creator, with lots of screen shots. It goes into a lot of detail about [...]

Cartoonist Bill Amend releases $1.99 FoxTrot mini-collections on iBooks store, explains why

By libertyc
April 19, 2012 // 1 Comment

Bill Amend of popular comic strip FoxTrot has recently begun offering a series of $1.99 100-strip mini-collections via the iBooks store. Created using Apple’s iBooks Author, the e-books are [...]

Apple rejects Seth Godin e-book over Amazon links

By libertyc
February 29, 2012 // 7 Comments

On PaidContent (in a post republished from his Domino Project blog), Seth Godin reports that Apple’s iBooks has rejected one of his e-books because it includes Amazon links to purchase the books he [...]

iBooks DRM reportedly cracked

By libertyc
February 23, 2012 // 1 Comment

A MobileRead thread reports that the Requiem FairPlay DRM-cracking app now removes the DRM from Apple’s iBooks EPUB e-books, in addition to the music and video DRM-removal that it already did. [...]

Apple clarifies iBooks Author EULA, only claims commercial rights over .ibooks format

By libertyc
February 3, 2012 // 6 Comments

Fair’s fair. If we get upset over something Apple’s done, we should also mention when they fix it. So, remember the kerfuffle over Apple apparently claiming rights in the user agreement over [...]

Will Apple’s January event usher in new e-self-publishing program?

By libertyc
January 4, 2012 // 3 Comments

Rumors have been flying about the Apple event announced for later this month. It seems pretty obvious that it’s about time for a new iPad to make the rounds, of course, but Good eReader thinks that [...]

Baen Webscriptions is now BaenEbooks.com

By libertyc
January 4, 2012 // 8 Comments

Baen has rebranded its Webscriptions program, changing the name of the site to BaenEbooks.com, redesigning its look, and renaming the monthly e-book package program to “Monthly Baen Bundles”. All [...]

Apple’s iTunes Connect publishing platform closes for the holidays

By libertyc
December 23, 2011 // 3 Comments

One of the benefits of electronic media is that e-book stores are never closed for the holidays—at least for purchasers. But in some cases, for publishers, it’s another story. EbookNewser reports [...]

iBooks interactivity offers potential for publisher product placement

By libertyc
December 16, 2011 // 4 Comments

On FutureBook, Richard Stephenson has a brief piece looking at the interactivity now possible in iBooks. Since iBooks 1.5 supports Javascript, this means that e-books can take upon themselves [...]

DRM turns e-book experience into confusing maze of incompatibility and missing features

By libertyc
October 31, 2011 // 6 Comments

PBS’s MediaShift is running a series on e-books this week, and not all the articles are as lame as the one I talked about earlier asking whether Amazon was short-changing authors. MediaShift’s [...]

Apple issues corrected version of Steve Jobs biography iBook

By libertyc
October 26, 2011 // 1 Comment

I’m not sure whether you can really call this “ironic”, as misused as that word often is, but it’s certainly amusing. Apple has notified some purchasers of the Steve Jobs biography e-book on [...]

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