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How iBooks Author Stacks Up to the Competition [CHART]

How iBooks Author Stacks Up to the Competition [CHART]
With the announcement of iBooks Author last week, the world of self-publishing seemed to open up a little wider, especially for authors looking for an easy way to format and distribute their own content. At the same time, people raised concerns about the content restrictions of the iBooks Author tool. According to the contract in iBooks Author, books that writers charge for through the iBooks 2 store are subject to fees, which isn't new — iTunes does the same thing with apps in the App Store. But the contract also stipulates books created with the Author tool may only be sold in the iBooks 2 store, and nowhere else. While some writers may deem the Apple iBooks store an adequate revenue stream, others may not welcome the regulations. Still, self-publishing holds potential for many authors, especially now that 29% of U.S. adults own some kind of tablet or ereader. Are you an ebook publisher using something that didn't make the list?

TEST. Kindle Fire : pas une tablette, mais un hyper-livre de poche Comme quelques autres "early adopters", je me suis procuré la nouvelle tablette d'Amazon : le Kindle Fire. Présentée comme la seule alternative solide à l'iPad, le Kindle Fire est à la fois un concurrent et une nouvelle expérience. Selon Amazon, les ventes du nouveau Kindle ont explosé depuis son lancement le 15 novembre. On parle de plus de 3 millions de tablettes vendues en moins d'un mois. Les chiffres ci-dessous montre le nombre de connections à Internet depuis le Kindle Fire. Impressionnant : Les chiffres de vente sont à confirmer, mais ils rappellent néanmoins ceux du lancement de la tablette d'Apple à ses débuts. Logique : le Kindle n'est pas né après l'iPad, c'est une amélioration d'une liseuse déjà ultra-dominante sur le marché, et qui donne accès désormais à l'ensemble du catalogue d'Amazon, le plus gros supermarché culturel d'occident, auquel on peut ajouter 10.000 applications Android. Tout d'abord, la sensation est très différente. Bref, je ne peux déjà plus m'en passer.

"E-Book Standards" - really? In the jostle for market share in the tablet space Amazon is betting it will sell a great deal of content through the Kindle Fire as unlike its fierce competitor Apple it does not make money on its hardware sales. The disappointing financial results released by Amazon this week have caused a stir amongst publishers not to mention shareholders. How well content is selling on the Kindle Fire is largely unknown at this point, especially for publications. I am sure that most publishers would agree that the pace of innovation and change is staggering in the digital world. Amazon's Kindle format 8 (KF8) relies on a completely separate process to create a fixed layout e-book than Apple's version of fixed layout for titles that are design-led e-books. Kobo like to portray themselves as the nice guys of digital publishing and have helped publishers out by following similar specs to Apple's fixed layout EPUBs. The Nook, we think, is a well crafted device that may be heading over here.

New atlas app invites children to take the world for a spin The Barefoot World Atlas app launched this weekend, inviting children everywhere to take the world for a spin (provided they have access to an iPad, that is). The result of a collaboration between Barefoot Books and app maker Touch Press, the interactive atlas has been specially designed to take full advantage of the new iPad‘s high-resolution Retina display. As with Google Earth, the Barefoot globe can also be spun with a simple swipe, allowing children to go on journeys to far flung places. Illustrator David Dean designed the colorful atlas, adding lots of 3D images and animations in the process. “We’ve created a magical globe that children are invited to explore,” said BBC TV presenter and geographer Nick Crane, who provides audio narration for the app. He continues, “You can use the pinch zoom gesture to fly down to the surface. Buttons at the top left of the screen give the user quick access to regions, countries, features and favorites.

iBooks Author hands-on: making textbooks in the 21st century Alright, I just fired up iBooks Author, which is a free download from the Mac App Store. It installed quickly, and after selecting a template I was editing my first-textbook in moments. The single-window interface is just like any other modern iWorks app, and Apple isn't offering it for free for lack of features. Like Josh mentioned in the liveblog, the app is a mix of Keynote and Pages, with drag and drop layout tools and a sidebar of "slides" representing the table of contents. Of course, the app isn't exactly designed for your mom to publish a interactive textbook of her vacation: while some aspects are a breeze, there's no WYSIWYG to build 3D objects from scratch or code HTML5 elements, you'll have to do that externally. Also worth noting: nothing in this tool makes you automatically an expert on any educational topic. iBooks Author hands-on Previous Next View full Gallery Related Items textbooks apple iwork textbook ibooks ibooks 2 ibooks author ibook

Le livre numérique, vu par un utilisateur averti… c’est vraiment de la publi-information à ce niveau… Effectivement il est en droit d’aimer sa liseuse, mais là ce n’est pas juste un plaidoyer pour le livre numérique en général, c’est de la propagande pour amazon kindle… Le titre de l’article, au lieu d’être « Le livre numérique, vu par un utilisateur averti…» ça devrait d’ailleurs plutôt être « Les produits Amazon, vus par un utilisateur **converti**… » Le cloud tel qu’il le présente peut sembler attractif, mais tel le loup de la fable de la Fontaine « le loup et le chien », au confort d’un service nébuleux sur lequel je n’ai aucun contrôle, je préfère pouvoir coller mon fichier ePub sur l’appareil que je veux, et retrouver la page que j’étais en train de lire, que cela soit depuis ma liseuse Bookeen ou depuis mon téléphone Android avec le logiciel FBReader. Se contenter de souscrire à un service, c’est vraiment signer un contrat en blanc avec une entité dont l’unique but est le profit. Quel est la contrepartie pour le lecteur ?

Is the Honeymoon Over for eBook Lending? - Technorati Entertainment I remember when I first heard about Overdrive, an app that allowed me to borrow electronic books from my local library, without even having to rush down during my lunch hour to the library. This was an idea whose fruition I had been long awaiting. Within a few clicks, I could have a book in my hands, reading merrily on my iPhone or iPad. I couldn't help the feeling that I had somehow gotten away with something, that some library cop was going to pull back the book from my device and say "No, no no..." I should have known things were too good to be true. After such a short honeymoon, between Overdrive, me and my iPad, it would appear the library cop has arrived. As of yesterday, major publishing house Penguin Books has pulled the ability for libraries using ebook lending service Overdrive to lend any new titles, drastically reducing future offerings. According to Penguin, their issue was the ease it took to use Overdrive's service. Continued on the next page

Publishers Hustle to Make E-Books More Immersive | Underwire It was bound to happen. The record industry was forced to adapt when iTunes came along. Reluctant film studios made the jump to Netflix and other streaming services. And now, with tablets selling at mind-boggling rates, book publishers are scrambling to figure out how to bring their ancient medium into the digital realm. All the usual fears about moving into the 21st century spook the book companies, just as they did when younger industries made the leap. “The conversation a year ago was, ‘Oh my god you’re going to kill my book sales’ and ‘You can’t release e-books simultaneously’ and ‘Don’t do an app, no one will buy my book if the app is $2.99!’” “The comfort zone is increasing. Now book publishers know they must evolve: 21 percent of Americans say they’ve read an e-book, according to a Pew Internet study released last week, and the Association of American Publishers says 114 million e-books were sold in 2010 (the most recent year for which numbers are available).

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