Apple loads up new iBooks Store with free public domain iPad titles

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  • Reply 41 of 70
    allblueallblue Posts: 393member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Motlee View Post


    Starts with an "E" and ends with "ngadget"



    Gizmodo?
  • Reply 42 of 70
    techstudtechstud Posts: 124member
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    Originally Posted by Ireland View Post


    I thought you think the device is crap? You may not have used the work "crap", but you diss it every chance you get. Why would you buy a crap device?



    Buy?

    Who said anything about buy?

    I'm trading in 600 Cd's I found.
  • Reply 43 of 70
    scarpadscarpad Posts: 14member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Zc456 View Post


    Looks like I'll have plenty to read on the go.



    Yeah I've already been converting , through calibre, my large collection of Ebboks to the epub format. I'm just ready to drop them into the Ibook app when it comes out. I've Downloaded the Comic Book Lover Database program to do the same with my CBR files.
  • Reply 44 of 70
    eriamjheriamjh Posts: 1,366member
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    Originally Posted by MacTel View Post


    I doubt that you'll be able to get your book into the iBook store without a publisher. The allows Apple to have the publishers filter out any junk.



    Right! Publishers don't publish junk. And TV Executives don't make TV shows that are crap.



    Think of it more like the music equivalent: indie music makers don't want to go/can't through a record label.



    It should be possible. I can't possibly be the first to think of it.
  • Reply 45 of 70
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    Originally Posted by Wil Maneker View Post


    While no alcohol is served at Magic Kingdom, it is most definitely served at the other parks. Wine and beer abound! Drinking "Around the World" at Epcot is a blast!



    Indeed. There is even an "Epcot After 4pm" pass for Florida residents. Many Orlando area people like to get that and head over there for evening drinks and mingling.



    The Food and Wine festival is also VERY VERY highly recommended.

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    Regarding Publishing: I think you could see people getting their own books on iBooks. Music acts can do the same thing on iTunes and it's actually been quite profitable for Apple. They get 30%, and although each act doesn't sell very well, their collective income for apple is nothing to sneeze at. Apple takes NO RISK by allowing people to put their books up there for sale and reaps craploads of money. It could happen.
  • Reply 46 of 70
    joelsaltjoelsalt Posts: 827member
    The problem with Project Gutenberg is that it sucks.



    I'm still hoping for a "Penguins classics" or "Oxford World Classics" to offer books in the 1-4 dollar range, but I'm not holding my breath.
  • Reply 47 of 70
    docno42docno42 Posts: 3,702member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by SpotOn View Post


    Impressive, but people can already get all those free books on their computers right?



    Sure, you can get them for free on your iPhone too yet there are tons of apps wrapping free books for a fee on the iPhone - I don't blame Apple for taking this pro-active step to prevent that on the iPad and I applaud their move to make access to all these public domain works so simple and easy.



    Hopefully it will shame the other ebook sellers into doing the same.





    Such a surprising move for such a money-grubbing vendor driven towards DRM encumbered device lock in
  • Reply 48 of 70
    docno42docno42 Posts: 3,702member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Cleverboy View Post


    will Apple allow you to add content to its iBook Store from ANY source on the web? This isn't likely,



    Yes, because iTunes will only work with content purchased from the iTunes music store



    And if you had bothered to check Apple.com:



    Quote:

    And you can add free ePub titles to iTunes and sync them to the iBooks app on your iPad.



    http://www.apple.com/ipad/features/ibooks.html
  • Reply 49 of 70
    docno42docno42 Posts: 3,702member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by SpotOn View Post


    Since the iPad is a closed device, Apple is going to do everything in it's power to route all content through the iBookStore.



    Citation, please or is this just more wild and baseless speculation?



    It's settled - baseless speculation. See my post #49 above.
  • Reply 50 of 70
    allblueallblue Posts: 393member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by digitlnoize View Post


    Regarding Publishing: I think you could see people getting their own books on iBooks. Music acts can do the same thing on iTunes and it's actually been quite profitable for Apple. They get 30%, and although each act doesn't sell very well, their collective income for apple is nothing to sneeze at. Apple takes NO RISK by allowing people to put their books up there for sale and reaps craploads of money. It could happen.



    There is real scope for the birth of a new cottage industry - micro publishers. Manuscripts have to be proofread (preferably by someone who remembers that there is actually only one 'o' in 'lose'), edited, formatted and so on. This could be done on a fee or a royalty basis, but that huge hurdle of getting an agent, then getting a publisher would be bypassed. Of the existing media megaliths, it is the big publishers who are the most doomed.



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by joelsalt View Post


    I'm still hoping for a "Penguins classics" or "Oxford World Classics" to offer books in the 1-4 dollar range, but I'm not holding my breath.



    In the UK a publisher has done that with paper books. Out of copyright classics for £1 each (I've been out of the UK for a few years, it may have gone up a bit in that time). Cheap quality paper and production, but they did the job. I see no reason why an enterprising publisher wouldn't repeat that model with e-books. Nicely laid out and presented, worth a couple of quid definitely.
  • Reply 51 of 70
    pmzpmz Posts: 3,433member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by TECHSTUD View Post


    I hope I can get iCon for free.



    wtf are you talking about? why are you talking?
  • Reply 52 of 70
    docno42docno42 Posts: 3,702member
    Something else I forgot to bring up on previous iBooks threads regaurding the text to speech capabilities and Amazon's trouble's with publishers on the Kindle...



    I would love for them to raise a fuss when Apple describes the feature thusly:



    Quote:

    Built-in accessibility.

    iPad comes with a screen reader, support for playback of closed-captioned content, and other innovative universal access features ? right out of the box. There?s no additional software to buy or install. These features make iPad easier to use for people who have a vision impairment, are deaf or hard of hearing, or have a physical or learning disability.



    Brilliant! If they complain and grub for more money claiming it's a "performance" they are anti-handicapped
  • Reply 53 of 70
    docno42docno42 Posts: 3,702member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by pmz View Post


    wtf are you talking about? why are you talking?



    Why people reply to him is the more pressing question
  • Reply 54 of 70
    pmzpmz Posts: 3,433member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by DocNo42 View Post


    Something else I forgot to bring up on previous iBooks threads regaurding the text to speech capabilities and Amazon's trouble's with publishers on the Kindle...



    I would love for them to raise a fuss when Apple describes the feature thusly:







    Brilliant! If they complain and grub for more money claiming it's a "performance" they are anti-handicapped



    Amazon (stupidly) went after a feature. Apple has included "Accessibility", as you say, it's Brilliant, because no one can complain about it. This is an essentiality for the visually impaired, and legally must be allowed. End of argument.



    If Amazon wasn't so stupid, they could have this long ago.
  • Reply 55 of 70
    pmzpmz Posts: 3,433member
    This is very exciting. It may be months before I buy a book on the iPad with all of these free classics to choose from and reacquaint myself with.
  • Reply 56 of 70
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by allblue View Post


    There is real scope for the birth of a new cottage industry - micro publishers. Manuscripts have to be proofread (preferably by someone who remembers that there is actually only one 'o' in 'lose'), edited, formatted and so on. This could be done on a fee or a royalty basis, but that huge hurdle of getting an agent, then getting a publisher would be bypassed. Of the existing media megaliths, it is the big publishers who are the most doomed.



    I agree, except for the "manuscripts have to be proofread" part. That's like saying that a record company has to listen to a song before it's release. While that used to be true, it simply isn't anymore. Anyone can record a song on their computer and get it on iTunes fairly quickly and easily themselves.



    I see no reason why someone couldn't submit a book to the iBookstore and get "published" themselves. If that author don't no how two right there letters, and people still buy it...does it matter? It might destroy our grammer even further, but that's not really the question...
  • Reply 57 of 70
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by SpotOn View Post


    Impressive, but people can already get all those free books on their computers right?



    http://www.archive.org/details/cornell



    http://www.archive.org/details/library_of_congress



    http://www.archive.org/details/gutenberg





    No censorship either



    ... sitting at my desk reading books on my computer. Errr, no. Really. And yeah already have have archive.org book-marked for reference use, but not for casual reading. I'll wait until the iPad to do that - or startlingly, go to my public library for the analog version!
  • Reply 58 of 70
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by mex4eric View Post


    I sure hope this will allow the iBookstore app to be available to non-US residents, together with all 30,000 free books, which clearly do not need negotiations with non-existent rights owners.



    But because of the way countries govern copyright, I think Apple has to negotiate separately with publishing companies to be able to deliver eBooks outside the US - but I'm not sure. Ireland - any background on this?
  • Reply 59 of 70
    allblueallblue Posts: 393member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by digitlnoize View Post


    I agree, except for the "manuscripts have to be proofread" part. That's like saying that a record company has to listen to a song before it's release. While that used to be true, it simply isn't anymore. Anyone can record a song on their computer and get it on iTunes fairly quickly and easily themselves.



    I see no reason why someone couldn't submit a book to the iBookstore and get "published" themselves. If that author don't no how two right there letters, and people still buy it...does it matter? It might destroy our grammer even further, but that's not really the question...



    No, that's "To be, or not to be." As to your other points, I could see that becoming a disaster... after all everyone's a writer innit! Not so much a case of finding the needle in a haystack, but finding a grain of rice in the Sahara. Without some sort of quality control I suspect it would eventually become unusable. Perhaps there would be a place for a specialist section that pass through at least a cursory filtering process.
  • Reply 60 of 70
    irelandireland Posts: 17,779member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by TECHSTUD View Post


    Buy?

    Who said anything about buy?

    I'm trading in 600 Cd's I found.



    Why would you be hoping for a certain book on it if you weren't buying it? You're weird.
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