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US sues Apple and publishers over ebook price fixing [Update: Full details]

US sues Apple and publishers over ebook price fixing [Update: Full details]

Apple, along with publishers Hachette, HarperCollins, Macmillan and Penguin, is the target of a price- fixing antitrust lawsuit filed by the US government, alleging the companies colluded on the price of ebooks. The lawsuit was filed in New York district court, Bloomberg reports, and while full details of the suit are unknown, it's believed that some of the publishers are chasing an early settlement. Update: News on settlements and the full documentation after the cut.

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350,000 iBooks textbooks downloaded in three days

350,000 iBooks textbooks downloaded in three days

Apple's iBooks 2 digital textbook launch last week may not have convinced everyone that the classroom is the best place for the iPad, but over 350,000 downloads of textbooks in the first three days of availability suggests there's big demand for learning on the iOS slate. The figures were tracked by Global Equities Research's proprietary monitoring system, AllThingsD reports, while downloads of the free iBooks Author tool have also apparently been successful.

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New iPad Retina Display looking more likely from iBooks 2 icons

New iPad Retina Display looking more likely from iBooks 2 icons

Further evidence of a next-gen iPad with a 2048 x 1536 "Retina Display" has been unearthed, this time from iconography and graphics included in Apple's new iBooks 2 app released yesterday. A new bookmark icon in the refreshed app - labeled "iPadx2" - was spotted after some judicious digging by MacRumors and devs Steve Troughton-Smith and Grant Paul, indicating Apple is preparing to double up on the existing resolution of the iPad for its imminent third-gen variant.

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Apple Education Event video now online

Apple Education Event video now online

Apple put the cat among the publishing pigeons yesterday at its education-themed event, with the launch of iBooks 2 with textbooks, iBooks Author to create interactive digital books, and iTunes U for full, free university and K-12 courses. Almost a million of you joined SlashGear yesterday for our Apple event liveblog; now the whole thing is available to stream from Apple itself, complete with all the on-stage demonstrations.

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Apple’s education revolution roundup

Apple’s education revolution roundup

Apple's education-driven press event took place earlier today in NYC and unveiled the company's plans to revolutionize textbooks and the entire learning experience. The news announced almost made us want to go back to school. In case you missed it, here's a roundup of the magic that was unleashed.

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iBooks Author Hands-on

iBooks Author Hands-on

It's taken a special kind of ebook to make headlines over the past year or so: anyone can throw together a basic document, but a rarified breed of immersive, interactive app/ebook hybrids has also developed. Often seen targeting children or delivering iPad versions of print magazines, they've invariably taken big money and plenty of time. Now, with iBooks Author, it's simple enough for the layman. Check out our hands-on impressions after the cut.

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iBooks 2 Hands-On

iBooks 2 Hands-On

Apple's original iBooks app tried to do to ebooks what iTunes has done for music; now, with iBooks 2, Apple is throwing textbooks into the mix. We've just headed out from the Apple keynote in NYC this morning to spend some time with the new ebook app, and on one level it's more of the same: an incredibly straightforward way to access books - in this case for education. More after the cut.

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iBooks Author is here

iBooks Author is here

Apple has only just finished announcing iBooks Author, its ultra-simple drag & drop interactive book creation tool, and already it's up for download. A 136MB OS X application, you can download iBooks Author through the Mac App Store [iTunes link] and be creating ebooks in minutes. Although Apple's focus today was on education, the scope for iBooks Author is a lot broader than just classroom and lecture hall tools.

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iPad at the head of Apple’s Education event in NYC

iPad at the head of Apple’s Education event in NYC

Apple held an event this week promising no less than an education-heavy set of announcements, Phil Schiller starting the event off right with a series of affirmations that Apple has always been dedicated to helping students learn. Putting the same passion and energy into every product Apple makes is the same that they've done for their education business, and now a new page is being turned. "Students are being introduced to the iPad."

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Apple promises “Education Announcement” at Jan 19 event

Apple promises “Education Announcement” at Jan 19 event

Apple has announced a new event to take place on January 19 at the Solomon Guggenheim museum in New York City, where the company is expected to discuss its digital textbook strategy for 2012. Rumored earlier this month to be taking place, as always the exact subject of Apple's unveil is unknown, but the tagline on the invite - "Join us for an education announcement in the Big Apple" - certainly suggests that it's school-related ebooks on the agenda.

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