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iBooks Author 'Mind-Bogglingly Greedy, Evil'

But some defend license, saying critics miss point

(Newser) - Thinking of using Apple's handy new iBooks Author program to publish your brilliant opus? You might want to think again: Apple's incredibly restrictive iBookstore licensing agreement gives the computer giant a 30% cut of anything you make, even outside of the store. Further, the format isn't compatible... More »

Apple's Big Plan: Reinvent the Textbook

A move designed to lower prices ... and fuel interest in the iPad

(Newser) - The next industry Apple is looking to revolutionize: the textbook industry. The company introduced new tools today for both students and textbook publishers: iBooks 2, which will allow students to purchase and access books on their iPad, and iBooks Author, which will help to create textbooks. Both apps are free,... More »

Another E-Book Publisher Challenges Amazon

Hachette is third major house to push for higher, iPad-style prices

(Newser) - Hachette has joined Macmillan—and, seemingly, HarperCollins—in demanding control over the pricing of its e-books sold through Amazon, a move apparently sparked by Apple’s more flexible model for titles that will appear on its iPad. Hachette sent a letter to agents yesterday announcing it would seek an Apple-style... More »

Don't Assume iPhone 2.0 Will Be a Smash

Apple, not bulletproof, could hurt more than help in fixing flaws

(Newser) - With more than a 27% market share after just a year on the market, and a new iPhone expected to be released in the next week, Apple watchers are hoping the next-generation device delivers the same, simple functional beauty of its predecessor. But, Forbes cautions, the lumpy original iBook is... More »

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