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iBooks Author accounts are free, existing developers need a new account

Setting up an account to publish books to the iBookstore has always been free, and the new iBooks Author tool has brought that fact into the spotlight. Self-publishing books to the iBookstore does still have a few hurdles you have to leap through,...

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U.S. Department of Justice joins Apple ebook pricing investigation

Just a couple days after European antitrust regulators launched an investigation into allegations of ebook price fixing among Apple and several major book publishers, the US Department of Justice is now joining the fray. Computerworld reports...

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Dev Juice: The Art of Readable Code

"The Art of Readable Code" by Dustin Boswell and Trevor Foucher is a fairly short work at under 200 pages, but it addresses a topic near and dear to many developers' hearts. Littered with cartoons and code samples, it's meant to convey the basic...

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Review: Walter Isaacson's 'Steve Jobs'

I've just finished a marathon session of reading all the way through Steve Jobs on my iPad -- and I'm sure Jobs would have appreciated the odd harmony of people reading his life story on a device he helped create. After reading his biography, I'm...

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Steve Jobs biography released early for Kindle, iBookstore (updated)

Walter Isaacson's biography of Steve Jobs has been released a couple hours early on the Kindle Store, and its release in the US iBookstore is expected at midnight. The US iBookstore is still showing the book as available for pre-order as of this...

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Apple involved in class-action lawsuit over ebook pricing

On today's episode of The Daily Lawsuit: law firm Hagens Berman has filed a class action lawsuit against Apple and five of the major book publishing houses. The suit claims Apple and these publishers have conspired to raise prices on...

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Taking Your iPhoto '11 to the Max: A power guide to Apple's photo app

iPhoto '11 is an easy Mac app to begin using and play with, but a difficult one to master. In his newest book for Apress, TUAW blogger Michael Grothaus takes his knowledge of iPhoto '11 and presents it in such a way that anyone can learn to use...

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The iBookstore gets Random House books

We posted that Random House had made a deal to finally get their books in the iBookstore. Well, it's in the process of happening. This morning the Random House published-Millenium Trilogy by Steig Larsson is available for purchase and the first...

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Apple posts free developer documentation for iBooks users

If your resolutions for 2011 include teaching yourself to be a Mac or iOS developer, then Apple just gave you a very nice Christmas present. According to a tip from our old friend Nik Fletcher at Realmac Software, Apple has recently put a number of...

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Sorry Google Books, I'm sticking with iBooks

Apple's iBooks e-reading app is a flawed, early generation application with GUI and organization issues that fail to match the way that I read books. It has no folders (yet), no way of marking "I've finished reading this book so put it away" (a la...

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TUAW's Holiday Gift Guide: Interactive books for children

Welcome to the TUAW Holiday Gift Guide! We've sorted the treasure from the junk and are serving up suggestions to make your holiday gift-giving a little easier. Looking for an inexpensive gift for that special child in a home with an iPad, iPhone...

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Peachpit and Pearson tech books now available in iBookstore

The somewhat bare shelves of the "Computers and Internet" aisle in the iBookstore have suddenly been filled up, with virtual boxes of Peachpit and Pearson tech books being unloaded today. Pearson's stable includes such imprints as Addison Wesley,...

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Apple iBookstore has opened in Australia

Just over six months have passed since the launch of the iPad, and today, the iBookstore has now officially opened in Australia. Quoting an Apple spokesperson, The Age reports that the good folks down under now have access to "thousands" of new...

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The iBookstore six months after launch: One big failure

It's been over six months since the release of the iPad on April 3rd, and the simultaneous launch of iBooks and the iBookstore, which promised to give Amazon's Kindle and Kindle Store a run for its money. I figured that this would be a good time to...

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Kindle ad goes on the offensive against the iPad

Amazon's taken a leaf out of Apple's advertising book (Mac vs PC, anyone?) by going head to head with the iPad maker in the most recent Kindle television ad. Most noticeably, the spot delivers a low blow to the iPad's comparatively poor screen...

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myFry: Stephen Fry's second autobiography becomes an interactive app

I've been following actor, all around wit, and Apple enthusiast Stephen Fry's career since I saw him play the wonderfully droll and brilliant butler, Jeeves in the English TV series Jeeves and Wooster back in the early 90's. Hugh Laurie, probably...

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