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As someone who has gone through the fun of self-publishing e-books for use on everything from the Amazon Kindle to Apple's iBooks, I know what a pain in the neck it can be to get everything formatted and set up properly for publishing. Even Apple's iBooks Author has limitations once you've actuall...

December 11th 2013 at 1:00pm 0 Comments
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So what happens when you ask Siri to find you a bookstore? You may get some awesome snark ("Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read.") Or, Siri might "suggest" another way for you to grab a book to read. Yes, Apple is now pushing iBooks as one of its c...

November 21st 2013 at 7:30pm 0 Comments
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Blogger, author and all-around nice guy David Sparks has just announced the release of the fourth in his best-selling series of MacSparky Field Guides. The latest is a deep dive into the world of email -- the Email Field Guide (US$9.99) is an exhaustive look at email and the inbox as an incredible p...

November 14th 2013 at 1:30pm 0 Comments
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Apple has updated its iBooks and iTunes U iOS apps with an iOS 7 look and feel. The new iBooks app ditches the wooden shelves for a Newsstand-like frosted-glass background. The store portion of the app has also gotten a complete makeover, now mimicking the look of the App Store and iTunes Store ap...

November 14th 2013 at 12:40pm 0 Comments
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Hot on the heels of other updates this week, Apple has released its first update to iBooks for OS X. Given that this is a rather quick release and that the release notes only say, "This version of iBooks includes bug fixes and improvements to performance and stability," users shouldn't expect to n...

November 8th 2013 at 8:00am 0 Comments
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Apple has released an update to iBooks Author, its iBooks design, layout, and creation software for OS X. The iBooks Author 2.1 update addresses a number of stability issues and bug fixes, as well as adding support for the new iBooks app included in OS X 10.9 Mavericks. Now with the click of a butto...

October 22nd 2013 at 11:30pm 0 Comments
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Deadly Premonition received a companion iBooks app for iPad this week, Rising Star Games announced. Priced at $9.99, the Deadly Premonition: The Director's Cut The Official Visual Companion is 352 pages long with over a hundred "interactive elements." The book offers players the chance to peek into...

October 14th 2013 at 3:30pm 0 Comments
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TUAW has been providing you with some hints and tricks about iOS 7, but there are a lot more cool tips that we haven't even touched upon. It's About Time Products, which has been in the business of making Macs and iOS devices understandable for quite a few years, has just come out with a wonderful...

September 21st 2013 at 5:30pm 0 Comments
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Just hours after the Department of Justice filed a revised punishment proposal claiming Apple instigated the in-app purchase rule to "retaliate against Amazon," the Cupertino company has hit back by saying the DoJ wants Amazon to have a "significant competitive advantage," reports GigaOm. In court f...

August 27th 2013 at 11:00am 0 Comments
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Apple has released an update to iBooks, its first update to the app in six months. iBooks 3.1.1 improves compatibility between the app and both iOS and iCloud. Apple doesn't explicitly list how compatibility has been improved with iCloud, but there had been reports on Apple support forums that some...

August 21st 2013 at 9:00am 0 Comments