Mark Frauenfelder discovers the full harshness of Apple DRM

By Chris Meadows
October 11, 2015 // 6 Comments

The biggest reason this is news is that it really shouldn’t be news, but it’s a Sunday so why not? On BoingBoing, Mark Frauenfelder complains that that Apple won’t let him download the iBooks e-books he’s already bought and paid for. Apparently there was some snarl about getting the right [ on]

How many iPhone/iPad owners use iBooks?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
October 3, 2015 // 9 Comments

Following my previous post on App Annie’s tracking of the most popular iOS apps of all time, one reader pointed out that this was no guide to ereader popularity on the iPhone or iPad, since iOS devices came with iBooks bundled anyway. Any competing ereader software, excepting possibly Kindle, [ on]

The best e-book app on iPad? Kindle, says one blogger

By Chris Meadows
August 19, 2015 // 2 Comments

For years now, Apple has enforced a click-through requirement on e-book apps on the iPad—they can’t sell the books directly from their app without giving Apple a cut, so they have to send them to the Safari browser to make the purchase, then back to the app. So why is it that Amazon is the only [ on]

Does Apple Music for Android portend an Android iBooks?

By Chris Meadows
August 10, 2015 // 1 Comment

Might iBooks come to Android? The obvious answer is something involving porcine aviation, but maybe it just got a little less unlikely. Prompted by a 9to5Mac article about a job posting by Apple looking for Android developers, the Motley Fool reports that Apple is developing an Apple Music app for [ on]

Sweden’s Telegram Studios takes book tech, formats to the limit

By Paul St John Mackintosh
July 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

One of the most interesting publishing houses I encountered while in Sweden was Telegram Studios, which describes itself as “a brand new type of publisher for music, books and apps, powered by talents and the latest technology,” and pretty much lives up to that headline – both in [ on]

E-books’ spinal deficiency

By Chris Meadows
June 6, 2015 // 5 Comments

On Mad Genius Club today, Cedar Sanderson is talking about formatting paperback book covers. Most of the post isn’t germane to e-books, but she does begin with this provocative tidbit: You know what the problem is with ebooks? They’re spineless, that’s what. Nothing to look at on the shelf, [ on]

To gain more e-book marketshare, Apple should make iBooks for Android

By Susan Lulgjuraj
December 22, 2014 // 7 Comments

Can a company give Amazon a run in 2015 when it comes to ebooks? Maybe, but the company with the best footing is Apple. Anecdotally, several authors have mentioned the successes they have had through Apple’s iBooks. This is a good new for authors who are looking for other avenues to sell their [ on]

Why NOT self-publish exclusively through Amazon?

By Chris Meadows
September 19, 2014 // 19 Comments

I first saw a post by Hugh Howey discussing the potential cost versus befits of going exclusive with Amazon a few days ago. I was thinking of saying something about it, but it kind of takes on added significance with the news about Barnes & Noble removing the “Download” button from its [ on]

Smashwords adds daily sales reports

By Susan Lulgjuraj
June 12, 2014 // 0 Comments

Smashwords is giving more information to self-published authors. The publishing and distribution company announced daily sales reporting for iBooks, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, OverDrive and the Smashwords store. It also includes daily and total order accumulation numbers for iBooks preorders. “The [ on]

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