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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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Apple faces $1.88m Chinese illegal ebook lawsuit

Apple faces $1.88m Chinese illegal ebook lawsuit

Apple faces a $1.88m lawsuit over purportedly illegal ebook downloads for its iOS devices, with nine well-known Chinese writers filing a case in Beijing over unofficial copies of their works uploaded to Apple's store. The 11.91 million yuan suit describes the situation as "total theft", the People's Daily reports, with the authors' ire raised by Apple's 30-percent cut on paid downloads that means the Cupertino firm is actually profiting from the unofficial versions.

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Apple NYC event to detail iBooks updates not new products

Apple NYC event to detail iBooks updates not new products

Apple's rumored New York City event tipped for later this month is likely to be ebook focussed, according to the latest leaks, and leave hardware lovers disappointed. The event - tipped yesterday - will deal primarily with publishing and Apple's latest iBooks and digital periodical news, according to TechCrunch's source. Contrary to some suggestions, iAds is also unlikely to be a topic of discussion.

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Apple reveals animated Beatles record albums ad for iTunes

Apple reveals animated Beatles record albums ad for iTunes

Without a doubt this should have been the advertisement video Apple should have used when it was first announced the iTunes would be making the historic movie to carry The Beatles music catalogue. Instead we've got it here at the end of 2011, and we'll take it! Not only do we get to dive in and through the greatest album covers ever printed on 12 inches of cardboard, we get to experience each of them in a warped and folded way anyone with two eyes and the ability to see can appreciate. On the whole, this appears very much to be a renewed push for recognition of the several different ways one can experience The Beatles through Apple's iTunes store.

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Apple iBooks Patent App Reveals Fun And Interactive Features

Apple iBooks Patent App Reveals Fun And Interactive Features

A new patent application from Apple was published last week by the USPTO that revealed some neat features planned for the Apple iBooks app. The popular iOS e-book reading app looks to be getting more fun and interactive, especially when it comes to children's books.

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iBooks Update 1.2.1 For iPhone/iPad Available Today

iBooks Update 1.2.1 For iPhone/iPad Available Today

If you've been enjoying some good books on your iPhone or iPad then most likely you've been using Apple's free ebook reader, the iBooks app. The app received an update today to version 1.2.1 with much improved performance and stability.

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iBooks 1.2 released: AirPrint, Collections & more

iBooks 1.2 released: AirPrint, Collections & more

iBooks 1.2 has been released [iTunes link] for the iPad, iPhone 4 and iPod touch, and it brings with it support for Apple's AirPrint wireless printing technology among other things. The new ereader app now supports Collections, by default set to splitting up ebooks and PDFs, but which can be used to group titles however you prefer.

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The Daily Slash: December 14 2010

The Daily Slash: December 14 2010

Today you'll totally get your hands on a HP ENVY 17 3D Laptop when we totally unbox it. Get funky really quickly with Philip in an article by the name of Five 80s Tech Movies That Deserve a Refresh. Take a sweet ride through the world of Gingerbread on our Nexus S review. Then WIN A FREE Google Cr-48 Laptop in a SlashGear Google Chrome OS giveaway! Oh and what's this? Win a Google Cr-48 at Android Community too? That's wacky! It's a massive amount of exclusive content and a completely fantastical amount of everything else here on The Daily Slash!

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Apple accused of Japanese iBooks piracy

Apple accused of Japanese iBooks piracy

Apple has been accused of selling pirated ebooks by Japanese authors in its iBookstore, with titles by high-profile authors such as Haruki Murakami and Keigo Higashino among the texts. According to a consortium of Japanese publishers, "some of the works have been deleted in response to requests from authors and publishers but a majority of them continue to be illegally distributed."

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