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iBooks self-publishing easier with ePUB iWork upgrade

iBooks self-publishing easier with ePUB iWork upgrade

Apple is quietly making a push for self-publishing authors, adding native ePUB support to the latest version of its iWork suite of office apps.  Pages 4.0.4 now allows writers to save their masterpieces as ePUB files, the same format that the company uses for its iBooks ereader app on the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.

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iBooks v1.1.1 update adds audio/video book support

iBooks v1.1.1 update adds audio/video book support

We can't imagine Apple is quite seeing the storming sales success that Kindle is right now, but the company has just pushed out a new version of iBooks - v1.1.1 - which should help take the iPad fight to the e-ink based ereader.  That's because iBooks v1.1.1 adds support for "books that include audio and video", something currently beyond the existing Kindle.

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Microsoft page-curl Courier patent application seems far-fetched

Microsoft page-curl Courier patent application seems far-fetched

Sometimes we wonder whether companies file patent applications just to push their luck and see what they can get approved; how else can you explain Microsoft's attempt to patent page-curl screen transitions?  The new application - filed all the way back in January 2009 - describes a very iBooks-like system whereby dragging your finger across a page of text on-screen lifts the virtual page and previews the content underneath.

According to the description, Microsoft were trying to replicate the real paper experience: the lifted page would have increased transparency, showing signs of the text on its reverse, while flipping repeatedly would quickly whip through two or more pages.  It's speculated that the project was part of Microsoft's Courier research, and could've been used as part of their digital notebook.

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Apple open iBookstore to self-publishers

Apple open iBookstore to self-publishers

With international outlets of Apple's iBookstore fast filling up with premium titles, amateur authors are probably wondering how they can get their works into the system too.  Apple has added book submissions to iTunes Connect, their system whereby independent musicians could add A/V content to the iTunes store, though it's not quite as straightforward as uploading a PDF and raking in the ebook revenue.

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iBooks hits international iPads but iBookstore is bare

iBooks hits international iPads but iBookstore is bare

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.

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The Daily Slash: April 13th 2010

The Daily Slash: April 13th 2010

Tuesday is one of the days that, the moment it starts, you're wondering how fast it's going to end. After all, it's the day before Wednesday, and hopefully that means you're half way done with your work week. That's one of the reason we're so happy to bring you the Daily Slash, where we can let you wind down with the day's ending topics, so you can feel rejuvenated for your hump day challenges. As for what's on tonight's platter, which of course we focus on the Best of R3 first, is an Android-based handset that's coming direct from a wireless carrier, the latest and greatest when it comes to virtual desktops for your iPad, and the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 gets reviewed. And then in the 'net, we've got new chips from Intel, an Iron Man 2 goodie that's great for all ages, a hoodie with a little bit of light, and finally one of the greatest looking eBooks we've ever seen. So let's not waste any more time, shall we?

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Apple iPad Tutorial Videos Launched on Apple’s Site

Apple iPad Tutorial Videos Launched on Apple’s Site

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?

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Apple iBookstore Pricing Gets Altered, Prices Get Increased

Apple iBookstore Pricing Gets Altered, Prices Get Increased

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.

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Apple iBookstore Will Include the Gutenberg Project Catalog

Apple iBookstore Will Include the Gutenberg Project Catalog

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.

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