Apple Is Keeping Options Open For Ebook Pricing


Despite all the doom and gloom predictions of Apple massively raising the prices of ebooks (which publishers are happy about), sources close to the New York Times think Cupertino is keeping some pricing tricks up its sleeves.Where Amazon charges $9.99 for ebooks, Apple is looking at  $12.99 to $14.99 for new releases. However, according to NYT's sources, Apple kept fine print in the negotiations that forces publishers to discount bestsellers, which means the $14.99 price is a ceiling, and prices could dip as low as Amazon's. They continue: "Moreover, for books where publishers offer comparable hardcover editions at a price below the typical $26, Apple wanted e-book prices to reflect the cheaper hardcover prices. These books might be … [Read more...]

The iPad Will Not Ship With iBooks


Color me surprised, but this was something I only found out about this morning. It turns out that iBooks isn't bundled with the iPad, but rather a separate app store download. As Apple's website says The iBooks app is a great new way to read and buy books.1 Download the free app from the App Store and buy everything from classics to best sellers from the built-in iBookstore. At present, the only known pre-installed apps are: Calendar, Contacts, Notes, Maps, Videos, YouTube, iTunes, App Store, Settings, Safari, Mail, Photos, and iPod.As is pointed out on John Gruber's blog, having the iBooks app in the app store puts it on more equal footing with pre-existing ebook apps (can you say Kindle); and it allows for the app to be updated more … [Read more...]

iPad Apps


The big news, is that all your iPhone apps will work out of the box. It can run in two ways, either at normal size, with the rest of the screen blanked out, or blown up to fill the entire screen.Apps can also be tweaked or made exclusively for the iPad, and to facilitate this, Apple has released a new iPhone/iPad SDK, which is available immediately.Apple also demoed a number of other apps, designed in only two weeks for the iPad. They showed off an FPS from Gameloft, the New York Times' new application, a racing game from EA, and a beefed up version of drawing app BrushesOne of the biggest pieces of news was the new iBooks storefront, which effectively transforms the iPad into an ebook reader. Apple has made deals with five major … [Read more...]