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I'll never understand why all the freaking ebook publishers and reader manufacturers cant just get the heck along. Sure, they all want to push their own proprietary stuff to keep others out of the market, but in the process they are just fragmenting a market that hasn't even taken off.

If I didnt have to chose my ebook reader based on its library and which publishers get along well with them, I'd have a nice new kindle for personal reading AND a nook tablet for school textbooks. As it stands, i have neither and instead have a cheapass Chinese reader that supports all formats and looks and handles like poo, and I make an effort to avoid all the proprietary formats whenever possible if i can get the same book in another format.

Really just shooting themselves in the foot here.
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I'll never understand why all the freaking ebook publishers and reader manufacturers cant just get the heck along. Sure, they all want to push their own proprietary stuff to keep others out of the market, but in the process they are just fragmenting a market that hasn't even taken off.
If I didnt have to chose my ebook reader based on its library and which publishers get along well with them, I'd have a nice new kindle for personal reading AND a nook tablet for school textbooks. As it stands, i have neither and instead have a cheapass Chinese reader that supports all formats and looks and handles like poo, and I make an effort to avoid all the proprietary formats whenever possible if i can get the same book in another format.
Really just shooting themselves in the foot here.


Agreed 100% with this.

 

post #73 of 75
Here's a brief breakdown on the EULA and how everyone got it wrong: http://www.loopinsight.com/2012/01/26/about-apples-ibooks-author-eula/

Essentially, you make an iBook with Apple's tools and want to sell it, Apple gets a cut. You make an iBook to "sell" for free, Apple gets nothing. Apple doesn't own any content and you're free to take your book elsewhere, regardless if it's free or not. It's very similar to how apps work.
 
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Can someone clarify this for me?
I am not an Apple guy, other than my wife and daughter having iphones and macbook pro's we haven't been involved in the tablet side.
I am planning on grabbing my wife an Ipad for her birthday next week.
So the question is, will there be any issues with her using the tablet for books of whichever format? She has a large quantity of Epub books on her old Kobo that I would be transferring over to the ipad.

Hey Robilar,

I do a bit of some ebook reading on my Iphone (and yes it is kind of painful). For Amazon books I own I use their Kindle app, but when I want to read books normally in the PDF (or EPUB) format I convert them to EPUB using a program called Calibre, then use an excellent (and I think still free) app called "Stanza" to access the books on my iPhone. I chose what books I want to upload to the app in Itunes, and it is overall pretty easy (especially if the books are already in epub format).
    
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Ill be honest, i was one of the people who had a knee jerk reaction to the initial press release from Apple (which was poorly worded and caused most if not all of this confusion). Putting a little research int this it seems that all apple is doing is creating a proprietary format for iBooks only (in my opinion this is a hug mistake unless they will start offering iBooks on android and windows tablets. Why would you limit your market?) While it uses Epub as a framework, it includes many multimedia and interactive elements not currently available. They are basically saying you can only sell this content (written for iBooks using a free tool from Apple) in the apple store, but you are allowed to freely distribute said works as you see fit.
realistically this is no different that the proprietary formats we have seen in the Ebook markets in the past. The real difference is apple is artificially deflating the pricing market which will most likely make the textbook authors look for a better marketplace to sell their works at a higher price.
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