Apple’s iTunes Store Now Allows Gifting From iBooks Store

Gift This Book

Just in time for the holidays, Apple has expanded 'gifting' to include iBooks from the iBooks Store Gifting from the iTunes Store has previously been limited to music, movies and apps. It's expected that 2013 will be an iPad Christmas, so it would make sense that a number of folks would like to gift books to loved ones. The iPad, in particular those with retina displays, offer super-sharp text which translates to making them good reading devices. If you have someone close to you who loves reading and has an iPad, now you can digitally send them an iBook. Here are all the details relevant to gifting from the iBooks Store. … [Read more...]

iBooks App Updated for iOS 7

iBooks for iOS 7

Apple has released a major update to their iBooks app for iPhone and iPad. The new version available now in the App Store features a completely redesigned look and feel, more in keeping with the design style of iOS 7. From the minimal changelog, it appears little else has changed when it comes to new features.You can download iBooks (free) from the App Store. … [Read more...]

Best Free Apps for iPad mini and new iPad

Facebook for iPad mini

You’ve just finished up setting up your iPad mini or new iPad, so now it’s time to take advantage of the over 250,000 iPad apps available in the App Store. If you are new to iOS, then you’ll be pleased to know that free doesn’t necessarily mean of lesser quality. Here’s our list of the best free apps for iPad mini and new iPad. Let’s get to downloading the top ten! Best free apps for iPad mini and new iPad Facebook This has to be one of the more polarizing apps for iPad, so why are we including it and listing it first. It’s the biggest social network, where you interact with all of your friends and family. It’s also the absolute best way to keep up with what’s happening on Facebook. One click of the menu and a sliding panel allows for … [Read more...]

Best Grilling and BBQ Apps for iPhone and iPad


It’s Memorial Day this weekend in the US or as I like to call it, the official kick-off to barbecue and grilling season. You might already have a special burger blend that you use, but there are plenty of recipes, timers and other apps to help guide you to become a better grill master. Before you fire up the grill, check out our best BBQ apps for iPhone and iPad.GrillTime Whether it’s burgers, steaks or a combination, the goal of this app is to help you prepare the meat to your liking. You can set the thickness, how you’d like it cooked and have the built-in timer notify you when it’s ready. One of the app reviewers put it best, “I prefer a cold beverage and good conversation when I grill. Having all my settings programmed allows … [Read more...]

How To Liberate Your E-Books from Stanza, Google, iBooks and More


If you're a bookworm like me, you've probably discovered that iPhone and iPad users are spoiled for choice for e-reading apps and marketplaces on iOS. Kindle, Kobo, Google Books and iBooks all offer up huge libraries, but they also have the irritating habit of locking you in to a proprietary reader. Should you happen to prefer one over the other, you're stuck using the associated marketplace.If the books you're buying don't have DRM, though, you don't have to simply mind your manners and read how the booksellers want you to read. Whether you want to move your books between apps because of situations like Amazon sunsetting Stanza or you just prefer the way one app handles night mode over another, you should be able to use the reader you … [Read more...]

iBooks and Find My iPhone Get Minor Updates


Two of Apple's iOS apps have received minor updates with some interesting new functionality.Find My iPhone has been bumped to version 1.2, with better offline options: •When you are unable to locate a device because it is is offline, you will receive an email if the device comes online and is located. • Ability to remove an offline device from the list using the app. iBooks is now at 1.3, and can read aloud to you: iBooks 1.3 adds several new features and improvements: • Help your children learn to read with the new read-aloud feature included in select children's books from the iBookstore. The read-aloud feature uses a real narrator to read the book to you, and in some books, it will even highlight the words as you read along. • … [Read more...]

iBooks For The iPhone Launched


To coincide with iOS 4, Apple has released an update for iBook. The new version is a universal app, so it can run on the iPhone or iPod, in addition to the iPad. In addition to iPad, iBooks is now available on any iPhone or iPod with iOS 4.Open and read PDF documents from Mail. PDF documents will be added to your library and appear on the PDF bookshelf. You can even search PDFs for words or phrases and bookmark your favorite pages.Take advantage of new ways to bookmark. In addition to highlighting a word or a passage, you can now also add notes or bookmark an entire page with the new page ribbon. Keep your bookmarks, notes, and your current page wirelessly in sync between iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch with the new automatic … [Read more...]

Designing Books On The iPad


Craig Mod has written a very interesting issue about book design and the iPad, and how and why this becomes important. To start with, he makes the excellent point that for all the cries about the death of print, the novels which will most likely be lost are cheap paperbacks that aren't designed to last for a particularly long time anyway. These blocks of text will easily translate to a digital format.He also defines two types of content: definite and formless. The latter are novels and non-fiction where the container it's in doesn't matter, as it's pure text and it translates fine from book to computer screen to mobile device to tablet.On the other hand, definite content is produces with the limitations of its media explicitly in … [Read more...]

iBooks Debut List Possibly Leaked


TUAW have obtained a leaked list of books, which may be the first round of titles available for iBooks. While they haven't released the full list, they have discussed some of the details. There are 112 titles form eight publishers, ranging in price from $14.99 down to free: The authors include Stephen King, Timothy Ferris, Malcolm Gladwell, Dubner & Leavitt, Kennedy, Agassi, Palin and Beck. There's bestselling fiction (The Lovely Bones), fact (A History Of Modern Britain) and autobiography (Wishful Drinking). The prices range from $14.99 (for Too Big To Fail) all the way down to the magic of free (Heat Wave). It's an eclectic list... and it might be the first round of books to be highlighted on the iBooks app in a few weeks. Like TUAW … [Read more...]