Apple Launches iBooks – The App Store For eBooks

News | Friday January 22 2010 7:46 PM | Comments (0) Tags: , , , ,

Steve Jobs explained that the users will be able to read samples of books from the bookstore before they decide to purchase and once done, the book will be added to the user's personal bookshelf. You can buy the books from the built-in iBookstore.
Currently, books from five major publishers will be made available. This includes Harper-Collins, Hachette Book Group, Penguin, Macmillan and Simon & Shuster. Apparently, according to folks at
, a partnership with McGraw-Hill was scrapped off at the last minute after the CEO of the company
before the official unveiling of the device. While the credibility of the news is still unclear, Steve Jobs has however insisted that the company will be ”
” for other publishers to join in soon.
Jobs also explained on the ease of reading a book via the iPad. Users may simply tap on the left or right side of the screen to flip forward and backward. Readers may also customize the font to suit their reading style.
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It will be interesting to see how Amazon reacts to the fresh competition from Apple . Will we see a drop in Kindle prices soon? Please tell us your thoughts.
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