Being a Muggle is boring. That’s why we reread Goblet of Fire for the seventeenth time in hand-knit Slytherin scarves–to flee banal adulthood. Well, the Harry Potter books are cranking up the magic even more, with special editions for Apple devices, beautifully animated and full of little notes from JK Rowling herself.
Fresh off of settling a lawsuit that accused it of collusion with publishers, Apple is ready to take the money you were planning to give to Amazon but can't. Since Amazon is in a fight with Hachette—the world's largest bookstore and one of the world's largest publishers respectively—and refuses to let customers…
Apple's iOS Human Interface Guidelines, a set of tips and rules for designers that was previously only available through the developer portal, is free on iBooks as of today. It's a little glimpse into how Apple hopes app developers will follow its lead when it comes to design.
When Apple introduced the latest version of OS X back in June, it did so with little bombast. Mavericks, as it's called, is no iOS 7 in terms of radical overhauls, but it is full of subtle however powerful behind-the-scenes changes. And the best part about it? It's free, and it's available right now.
Comparing books to ebooks is like comparing mechanical watches to digital watches, or manual cars to automatic cars. No one doubts the convenience, reach, and flexibility of the ebook format, but it will never convincingly replicate the experience of a paper book—nor does it need to. Ebooks are a fundamentally new…
Happy holidays from space; there's a new, free, astronomic e-book in the iTunes store and all you need to check it out is an iDevice and some time. Hubble Space Telescope: Discoveries boasts a collection of picture, video, and animation that lets you stare out into the beautiful void like never before.
Apple just announced a new version of iBooks. It's got a continuous scrolling reading option, which is pretty great. It's also got its own iCloud-enabled version of Whispersync, that will sync your current page across any device you're reading on—iPhone, iPad, etc. You've also got more sharing options, like copying…
Selling a book with Apple's iBook Author program is now a one-way ticket to Apple being the only place you can sell the book. Maybe selling your book on iBooks isn't such a great deal after all.
It was almost definitely not the first time Apple thought about how to revolutionize textbooks and education, but Joe Peters and a couple of Apple interns won its annual iContest, "sort of an American Idol for great ideas that gives interns a chance to present their best thoughts to executives," by presenting a plan…
iBooks Author, Apple's new iPad textbook maker, is purported to be so easy to use that [insert stupid animate object here] could go and make one. So we figured we'd try our hand at it. Even if we won't win any education or design awards, making a three page book was a walk in the park.
iBooks gets a substantial update. Unleash Shurikens upon your enemies. Get the best tethering app and let's go sailing. I hear sailors get to curse all the time.
The new iBooks 1.5 is out. It's great. It has a nighttime mode to make reading books in the dark easier on the eyes and full-screen layout with none of the stupidly gimmicky backdrop. Just beautiful typography. More useful features:
Over at Social Apples, a recent 4.2.1 jailbreaker noticed something disconcerting after firing up iBooks on his newly-liberated device. Many of his ebooks didn't work.
Do you remember when everybody was worried what Apple's iBookstore meant for apps like Amazon's Kindle? The undercurrent of dread Apple would kneecap competing ebook stores the way it does iTunes competitors? Well, those fears may have come true. Updated.
Starting early next year, the venerable NY Times is going to include ebooks in its weekly literary sales ratings. Taking their place alongside paperbacks and hardcovers, ebooks will be ranked based on a system that it took the Grey Lady two years to perfect:
Highly regarded Japanese novelist Ryu Murakami isn't releasing his next novel on hardcover or paperback. He's releasing it exclusively on iPad, and including all the multimedia goodies that the platform allows.