Having made its international debut earlier this week, only with nothing but out-of-copyright titles to choose from, Apple's iBookstore has now started to fill up with more modern fare. Coinciding, unsurprisingly, with the international launch of the iPad, the UK iBookstore now has titles from Bernard Cornwell, Tony Parsons and Malcolm Gladwell, among many others.
iBooks has gone live in the App Store outside of the US, but right now it's a disappointing experience unless you're looking to swot up on the classics. Where the US iBookstore is rammed full of bestsellers and other new titles, we've just installed the UK version and the store has nothing but out-of-copyright classics.
There's no doubt that, out of any company on the planet, that when Google gets involved with something, they go big. Even things like Google Buzz, which may not seem all that big now, we can be sure that Google is trying to figure out a way to make it bigger. Now, with Google Editions, it seems that just a simple announcement last week wasn't good enough. Now they want all of the people involved in the eReader/eBook market to start really worrying about the Mountain View's company emergence into the market.
With only five days left, we can imagine that most of you out there are excited that you can count down the time left before you get your very own iPad on one hand. We understand the sentiment, and we realize that with these tutorial videos published today by Apple, it's probably not going to get any easier for you. But, that doesn't mean you shouldn't watch them. After all, when you open the box and finally get to play with it, don't you want to feel like an expert?
There's no doubt that the iBookstore is going to be a hit. Much like the iPad itself. But, that's not stopping news from breaking on the subject at large. From free books being directly available from the digital bookstore, to the pricing getting changed all willy-nilly, it's looking more and more like we're not going to know what's the final word until Apple delivers it. Which, unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on how you look at it) means until we get the iPad in our hands.
A couple days ago, the pricing for iBooks broke cover in the form of an unofficial screenshot. Now, through another unofficial screenshot, we can see that some of those same iBooks have received a price increase. We've been hearing that the scope of prices will be anywhere between $9.99 and $14.99, so seeing the majority of iBooks have taken the middle-ground and landed at $12.99, we're not all that surprised.
The Apple iPad is just about upon us, and it seems that the iBookstore, and the iBooks in particular, are coming under some heavy scrutiny just days before launch. That's a good thing for us (and you), because it's shedding some more light on one of the more pragmatic issues with the tablet device. We already knew that the tablet was going to support reading and importing ePub formatted books, but if these images are to be believed, that may be a non-issue at this point.