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Apple’s iBookstore now available in Japan

Apple’s iBookstore now available in Japan

Apple has launched its iBookstore in Japan, bringing content from a variety of publishers to its Japanese customers. Offerings include both indie publications and major titles, digital exclusives, and titles enhanced specifically for the iPad. This brings the total number of countries where the iBookstore is available to 51.

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Apple launches Breakout Books to promote indie authors

Apple launches Breakout Books to promote indie authors

Today Apple unveiled a new section to its iBookstore called "Breakout Books," which features books published to the iBookstore by indie authors. The curated collection highlights titles that have earned four and five star reviews, so not every indie book will get its moment of glory in the new section.

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iBookstore to launch in Japan as early as January

iBookstore to launch in Japan as early as January

A report from the Japanese publication Nikkei is claiming that Apple will be extending its digital bookstore into Japan this month. The report claims that the Apple iBookstore could be rolled out in Japan as early as January 2013. The report also indicates that Apple has signed up with a number of big Japanese publishers.

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US DOJ could lose ebook price fixing lawsuit

US DOJ could lose ebook price fixing lawsuit

The US Department of Justice brought a lawsuit against Apple and ebook publishers yesterday regarding price fixing, and already three companies have settled. Hachette, HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster will have to break their current contracts with Apple and negotiate new ones. While it’s indicates an early victory for the DOJ, CNET believes that the agency won’t have the same success with Apple.

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Australian watchdog circling around Apple ebook price fixing

Australian watchdog circling around Apple ebook price fixing

Apple won’t be feeling the pressure of price fixing ebook practises in just the United States: now the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is said to be mulling the idea of bringing a lawsuit against Apple for similar reasons. The Next Web reports that the ACCC has begun to ask retailers to shed light on the issue while it considers taking action against Apple.

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Marvel graphic novels land on iBookstore

Marvel graphic novels land on iBookstore

If you're an iPad toting fan of Marvel graphic novels, you can get your reading fix on your Apple gadgets via the iBookstore now. Marvel has announced that 80 of its graphic novels are now available for download from the Apple digital bookstore. It appears that at least one of these graphic novels is available free to get you started. Pricing on the digital books depends on the content, apparently starting at $6.99 and up.

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Apple updates iBooks Author EULA terms to address content ownership concerns

Apple updates iBooks Author EULA terms to address content ownership concerns

Apple today updated its new e-book publishing app, iBooks Author, to version 1.0.1, but the only change was in the End User License Agreement. The update clarifies a controversial portion of the EULA that suggested any content created by the app could only be sold and distributed through Apple's iBookstore if it were to be sold at all.

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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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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 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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iTunes U app released for iPad, teachers rejoice

iTunes U app released for iPad, teachers rejoice

Teacher will soon be able to "do everything on their iPad" as Apple announced this week at their education-based event this week, as iTunes U brings forth a fully interactive set of tools that any teacher, professor, or otherwise leader can use. The user interface is very similar to what iBooks has to offer, this being part of the grander plan to bring all of these education applications into one big experience for the classroom. Inside the iTunes U app, you the teacher are able to set up your classroom experience into categories, each category containing interactive elements such as checklists and the ability to send messages to students and give assignments through the web.

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Apple iBooks Textbooks set at stunning $14.99 or less

Apple iBooks Textbooks set at stunning $14.99 or less

The folks at Apple have this week shown off their new Textbooks category in their iPad and iPhone-based iBookstore, showing how interactive teaching can be done in a brand new way and for a much less expensive price: $14.99 or less. That's the price the books in this new section of the store will cost, and that's what groups like McGrawHill and Pearson have agreed to work with. We've seen how we can grab these books with iBooks 2, how iBooks Author can allow anyone to create such a fabulous interactive text, and now Apple is taking a vast swipe at the future of education with cost.

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