Apple didn’t do what I expected. Yet I still expect them to.
I can either stick around spinning my wheels until then or use my time productively.
Without this blog, I will have time …
As everyone’s anticipation to own an iPad increases, I’ve discovered that some Mac owners have never dipped into the ePub eBook pool.
This post is a brief guide to building a library of DRM-free and legally-free ePub eBooks.
This has never been a question in my mind so I’m really shocked to see posts around wondering if the ePub eBooks sold through the iBookstore will have DRM.
Of course they will!
That’s what I surmise from a list of iPhone OS 3.2 SDK features listed over at Engadget.
Included dictionaries: Apple Dictionary, New Oxford American Dictionary, Oxford American Writer’s Thesaurus, Shogakukan Daijisen, Shogakukan Progressive English-Japanese Japanese-English Dictionary, and Shogakukan Ruigo Reikai Jiten (may also be used for a Dictionary app perhaps?)
I understand the need for a dictionary for Pages. That’s necessary for spellcheck.
But with a dictionary baked in the OS anyway, adding dictionary word lookup to iBooks wouldn’t be a difficult thing.
Models of the Sony Reader with dictionary word lookup use New Oxford American Dictionary and Oxford Dictionary of English.
The Kindle uses The New Oxford American Dictionary.
The Barnes & Noble Nook uses Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary.
Much richer text API including low-level access to font data and highlevel support for drawing formatted text
I don’t know if that will help eCrap ePub any. I suspect it’s more for a future use.
This is the most difficult post I’ve ever had to write.
Steve Jobs hates ePub. He hates eBooks.
How can anyone with his refined sense of taste not hate them?
They’re an abomination. A tasteless — and incompetent — techie committee solution to electronic books.
Seriously, can any of you see Apple creating ePub? (If you can, leave now. You don’t know Jobs or Apple.)
And iBooks? iBooks?!!!?
From the company that gave us the delightful CoverFlow …
… we now get shelves?!
Sherlock Holmes would call this a two or even three pipe problem.
I understand what Apple is doing with ePub. That bit is now all clear to me and I’ll post about that later.
But there are too many bits here I don’t understand at all.
The Stevenote video hasn’t been posted at Apple yet. I had to rely on a faulty live audio feed today that took up so much of this crap PC’s CPU that I couldn’t even monitor live blogs at the same time.
So, there are many gaps in my knowledge of what took place today.
But still, looking over Apple’s site, something is really bugging me.
This iPad isn’t finished. Something is missing. Something more is coming.
And there’s going to be another Apple event before this goes on sale.
I need to think about this. Another post tomorrow.
I’ve never seen this site before. Lots of very interesting stuff there — not just unknowns, but writers with recognizable names.
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Camangi Android Mini-Tablet: ePub Built-In
Android OS Aldiko ePub Display Challenge
eBook Use On The Archos 5 Internet Tablet
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The eBook Cover Scandal
ALL eInk Devices: BAD For eBooks!
They are very sly about that in this press release:
KOBO ANNOUNCES AVAILABILITY FOR TABLET COMPUTERS IN FEBRUARY 2010
Applications in Development for Windows 7, Android, and Additional Operating Systems
TORONTO, ON — January 22, 2010— With applications in development for Windows 7, Android and additional operating systems, Kobo, Inc. today announced that the service will be available for various tablet and slate computers in February 2010. Kobo (www.kobobooks.com) is a global eReading service that offers mobile applications on the iPhone, Android, Blackberry and Palm Pre, as well as support for netbooks and dedicated eReaders, like the Sony eReader. Kobo’s selection of popular books includes more than two million titles with content from major publishers including Random House, Harper Collins, Hachette, Simon & Schuster, Penguin and Harlequin.
“This announcement is in line with our mission to deliver the best eReading experience on any device,” said Michael Serbinis, Chief Executive Officer of Kobo. “2010 is proving to be the year of the tablet and we are working with major OEMs to ensure that Kobo apps are made available on those devices. Tablets give Kobo an opportunity to deliver eBooks, newspapers, and magazines to readers on yet another screen that is well equipped for reading.”
Free Kobo applications for tablet computers will be available beginning February 2010. Kobo’s applications will provide support for Windows 7, Android, and other key operating systems. Running on these platforms, Kobo will remain in sync across various devices, allowing users to read on their iPhone then switch to their tablet and continue where they left off.
Core to Kobo’s strategy is making eReading available everywhere and on any device, and the company believes the tablet platform is a significant new form factor for eReading. Kobo aggressively supports open standards like ePUB format, which gives readers the flexibility to read on any device.
Boldfaced red emphasis added by me.
Kobo is being aggressive here, pre-empting whatever publisher announcements happen on Wednesday. Barnes & Noble can’t be happy. Nor Amazon.
But Kobo customers will be.