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Apple grabs 22% share of eBook market, announces PDF support for iBooks

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Apple said Monday that its new iPad device helped the company garner a 22% share of the eBook market in just over two months, selling more than 5 million digital books to early adopters. An update to the device's iBook software will soon build on that success with support for PDF, bookmarking, and more.

As of today, there are 8,500 apps for the iPad on the App Store, which have been downloaded a total of 35 million times. Speaking at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference, chief executive Steve Jobs said that averages out to about 17 apps downloaded per iPad, given that the company is selling one every 3 seconds for a total of more than 2 million since it first launched two months ago.

Apple revealed that iBooks will allow for wireless syncing across devices, including purchased content and user-added content such as bookmarks, notes and highlighting. The wireless capabilities will be available free of charge for iBooks users on the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

iBooks gaining PDF support, new features

Jobs quickly switched gears to the iPad's iBook app, announcing a new version of software due out later this month that will add new features that will let users highlight text, paste sticky notes, bookmark pages, and add bookmarks to the title's table of contents.

Jobs also announced that the new iBooks would add support for PDFs, a feature widely requested for its e-book platform. The new update will be available later this month, and will feature a separate bookshelf for users to view their PDF.

Apple grabs 22% of eBook market

In the first 65 days, Jobs said users have downloaded more than 5 million books -- amounting to 2.5 eBooks for every iPad sold and giving Apple a near-instant 22% slice of the eBook market. Five of the six largest publishers in the world are on board with iBooks, releasing content for the Apple-supported format.
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I hope they gets PDF viewing right.

I got Goodreader, but it's interface is kinda clumsy.
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I hope they gets PDF viewing right.

I got Goodreader, but it's interface is kinda clumsy.

Agreed. It was a workable stopgap, but we have to know that Apple can do it better.
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I think apple already does a great job with PDF in browser and in Mail.app. PDFs load fairly fast and are totally readable. I think it is way better implemented then in Android.
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I think apple already does a great job with PDF in browser and in Mail.app. PDFs load fairly fast and are totally readable. I think it is way better implemented then in Android.

Could not be happier. PDF and highlighting! This med student is happy!
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I think apple already does a great job with PDF in browser and in Mail.app. PDFs load fairly fast and are totally readable. I think it is way better implemented then in Android.

The support for PDF is in the OS, but to date the only Mail and Safari (and some third-party apps like GoodReader) implemented it, and only for attachments and downloads. They apparently have decided that iBooks is the place it should go for imported documents. I'd have preferred a mobile version of Preview, but no matter.
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Could not be happier. PDF and highlighting! This med student is happy!

PDF support with notes, bookmark and content highlighting (and search too? I hope?) This research student is happy. I have GoodReader too but it has busy interface and a bit clunky. Polish it Apple!
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PDF reading also works in the iDisk app. Tapping on a PDF file in iDisk will download the file and open the file for viewing. (I suspect that this should also work with Dropbox.)
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Use the iBook app to read ePubs. Drag your ePub file into iTunes and tell iTunes to sync it to your iPad. The ePub book will show up in the iBook bookcase.

BTW, iTunes 9.2 accepts PDFs as books and will open Preview when you double-click on them. I am waiting for iBooks 1.1 to see how they work in iBooks.
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