Books

Apple’s Best of 2015 apps and media list revealed for iTunes

Apple’s Best of 2015 apps and media list revealed for iTunes

This week Apple releases their "The Best of 2015" list for all "editorial picks and charts." That means everything in iTunes, everything in the iOS Appstore. Everything from the Beebs to Fargo, Inside Amy Schemer to Trivia Crack. If you wanted to see which apps had staying power or - at least - were downloaded the most in a viral popularity contest, today's the day. Watch out for Taylor Swift and Periscope, SnapChat and Heads Up as well.

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Amazon now has a physical bookstore in University Village

Amazon now has a physical bookstore in University Village

Amazon does finally have a physical store of its own, but it isn't what some rumors may have hoped for. Instead, Amazon has gone back to its roots for its first ever brick-and-mortar store. Simply called Amazon Books, this store in Seattle is anything but simple, combining 20 years of experience in selling books, both physical and digital, online with the bookworm's love of tangible pages. And it isn't simply a bookstore either. Now bookstore owners will have one more reason to fear the might of Amazon.

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Google’s decade-long Online Library case is over (for now)

Google’s decade-long Online Library case is over (for now)

An appeals court has agreed with a 2013 ruling by Judge Denny Chin that Google's digitization of 20 million books did not violate copyright laws. Google's snippet feature - or snippet view, if you prefer - shows only a tiny portion of any given book at a time. As such, it has been ruled that any reading of an entire book would be far too great an undertaking to consider realistic. "Snippet view," said the appeals court ruling, "at best and after a large commitment of manpower, produces discontinuous, tiny fragments, amounting in the aggregate to no more than 16% of a book."

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Harry Potter books come to Apple iBooks as enhanced editions

Harry Potter books come to Apple iBooks as enhanced editions

All seven books in the incredibly popular Harry Potter series have come to iBooks Store, Apple announced today. Available exclusively on Apple's digital marketplace, the books come as enhanced editions featuring artwork and annotations from author J.K. Rowling, along with interactive animations and custom covers. This marks the first time the Harry Potter books have been available digitally outside the Pottermore Shop, a site developed by Rowling with cooperation from Sony.

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Oyster “Netlfix for ebooks” is shutting down soon

Oyster “Netlfix for ebooks” is shutting down soon

Sometimes, it takes an upstart startup to shake up an industry and force spur moving giants into action. But sometimes, those startups don't get to fully experience the fruits of their herculean labors. That might be the case of Oyster, popularly nicknamed the Netflix for books as its founders announced on the company blog that they will be sunsetting the service in several months. Speculations point to a yet to be confirmed hiring by Google of some of Oyster's staff, practically assimilating the service into its own Google Play Books.

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Apple’s e-book price fixing suit appeal fails

Apple’s e-book price fixing suit appeal fails

The Second US Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan has decided that Apple's "conspiracy among the publishers to raise e-book prices" verdict will be upheld. The trial began all the way back in June of 2013 as brought about by the US Department of Justice. As a result of this ruling, Apple is expected to have to pay $450 million in damages, most going to consumers who've purchased e-books over the past several years. At this time it would appear that Apple's lawyers are seeking additional means for appeal.

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Oyster launches eBook store to take you beyond subscriptions

Oyster launches eBook store to take you beyond subscriptions

Those who like to read digitally have likely heard of Oyster, the monthly subscription service geared towards avid readers. At $9.99/month, getting the most out of Oyster is easy if you read one or more books monthly. If you don’t, you might have wondered why you’re subscribing — why not just buy books as needed? It’s a crossroads many have found themselves at, but you no longer have to leave Oyster if you’re not interested in subscribing. Today, Oyster is launching an eBook marketplace, where you can buy digital copies of books.

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Idea to App book review; first base for iOS app creation

Idea to App book review; first base for iOS app creation

Building an app starts with a concept, and idea, a vision. If you don’t have a guiding light in mind, you’re just doing. That isn’t necessarily creating. Idea to App: The Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Making iOS Apps is a new book from Megan Holstein, who is also responsible for the website of the same name. Her book promises not to be a rehashing of the website, though; it’s billed as one that is full of fresh ideas, and a better walk-through of how to get from idea to app. To see if it accomplishes that, I decided to give it a read.

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Fight Club 2 — first 6 pages of graphic novel now available

Fight Club 2 — first 6 pages of graphic novel now available

If, like Tyler Durden (or Narrator), you’re no fan of rules, please continue reading. We’re about to snap the first two rules of Fight Club clean in half. Rather than follow Fight Club up with more words on paper, Chuck Palahniuk is keeping with the medium that made the book such a runaway hit. There’s no second movie, but we are getting our hands on visuals via a graphic novel that picks up where Fight Club left off. Fight Club 2 finds Durden, Marla, and their son in suburban hell.

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Goodnight Lad ‘augmented reality’ book comes alive

Goodnight Lad ‘augmented reality’ book comes alive

Digital books offer things a paper book can't, not the least of which are both interactive and animated elements. Still, there's nothing quite like a physical printed book, particularly when it comes to kids who like to handle a physical object and flip through pages. A new children's book called "Goodnight Lad" aims to be the solution, striking an even mixture between the two storytelling mediums by merging technology and paper into what is being called an "augmented reality" book.

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