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For many kiwis, not having full access to iBooks has been very frustrating. Well the wait is over, just 24 hours before the announcement yesterday, paid iBooks content became available in New Zealand and 17 other countries.
This was perfect timing, just before Apple announced the iPad Mini.
The major selling point of the Mini is its appeal to the e-reader market, so if 18 countries couldn’t purchase from iBooks it probably wouldn’t have gone down so well.
iBooks on iPad and iPhone looks very attractive, there is even a ‘home grown’ section which displays all our local best sellers.I have heard from a handful of people who were getting pretty annoyed that we couldn’t purchase through iBooks, copyright issues is an excuse which has been very popular.
I have noticed that ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ is at the top of the ‘paid’ books list, so for those of you who are embarrassed to purchase it in person you can buy it secretly, away from judging eyes.
Apple announced an update to the iBooks app during the announcement yesterday. iBooks 3 has a number of changes, including the ability to scroll continuously through a book rather than flicking across pages. This change moves the eBook even further from the real thing.
There is currently over 1 million books available through iBooks so the next time your kids say “there’s nothing to do” you can reply with “I can think of over a million things you could do on the iPad”.
iBooks 3 also has an increased integration with iCloud, you can pick up where you left off on any of your iOS devices and share your favorite lines via email, Twitter or Facebook.
40 languages are supported by iBooks 3, this would be very handy if your learning a new language or you just feel like mixing it up for a few pages.
iBooks 3 and the iPad Mini are a match made in heaven really, the Mini is obviously targeted towards the e-reader fan and the sleek design and presentation of iBooks makes it irresistible. The question is though, will it be better than the likes of Kindle?
From one Apple fan to another, I hope the wait to purchase books through iBooks hasn’t been too stressful for you. If you’ve been using other eBook stores, you can come back now, its OK …Read More
There seems to be a common misconception out there that because Apple hasn’t begun selling iBooks via its NZ iBookstore that the iPad is dead in the water in this country as far as functioning as an eBook Reader goes. Wrong. Wrong, wrong, wrong! There are a number of perfectly capable alternatives available here including the Whitcoulls and Kindle apps which both incorporate NZ-accessible stores, as well as several stand-alone reader apps including Stanza which will allow you to import your own books / pdfs. But, little did we realise until we saw this comment from nz_ark, there is also a fabulous app called Overdrive Media Console which will allow members of Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland libraries to ‘borrow’ eBooks for free.…Read More
Ever-since the launch of iBooks, Winnie the Pooh by AA Milne has been supplied for free as a pre-installed starter title to show you what iBooks can do, complete with the original colour illustrations from the original publication. But following asaying that he was unable to track it down, I went snooping through the minuscule NZ iBookstore expecting to find it easily and put him out of his misery. However, just as Chiefie had said, it was nowhere to be found.
Thinking it was probably just a glitch, I switched to my UK account and found that the title is no longer free in that territory, but £5.99! Obviously the agreement between Apple and Pooh’s publisher to provide this book at no charge has come to an end, and with no agreements in place to actually sell content via the NZ iBookstore this would explain its sudden absence here. But why? My bet is that the imminent release of Disney’s new Winnie the Pooh movie has the publisher hoping that renewed interest in all things Pooh will make them some money. What do you think?…Read More
Did your invitation to the wedding of the century go missing in the post? Yeah, mine too. But never fear, you can still grab a slice of history in the form of an iBook version of the Official Royal Wedding Souvenir Guide which is available for free right now on the iBookstore, courtesy of The Foundation of Prince William and Prince Harry. The guide has been sumptuously put together and includes the full text of the service along with maps, full colour portraits of the royal couple, and a history of Westminster Abbey. Grab it here right now, if only to keep that lonely copy of Winnie the Pooh company.…Read More
Hot on the heals of iBooks 1.2 going live, Apple has added a series of five free books to the iBookstore for the developers out there. Looking rather out-of-place alongside Charles Dickens and Jules Verne, the books explore the building blocks of coding for iOS including Objective-C and Cocoa. …Read More
Apple have just released iBooks 1.2 and with the update comes a few nice enhancements such as printing PDF’s (if you have an Airplay printer), Organising your books and PDFs into personal Collections and you can now get fully illustrated books…. well that’s assuming you’re not on the NZ store. You see unfortunately one of those enhancements is not an update to the NZ iBookstore, meaning the content is still just as bad as the day it launched.…Read More
So, after a tense few days pacing up and down, your beautiful new iPad has arrived! Life will never be the same again, and as a proud parent you’ll want to do the best by your little one, so stop by after the ‘read more’ to find our list of essential iPad apps to help get you through those first few weeks.…Read More