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Old 05-04-2010, 12:33 PM   #1
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The Invisible iBookstore

Unless I'm missing something, it appears to be impossible to browse or even see Apple's iBookstore unless you own an iPad. (Or maybe an iTouch?) Aside from being a peculiar way to do business, it's frustrating for those who might simply want to know what the store looks like, and what it carries. (Not to mention, authors who might want to know if their own books have shown up there yet. Ahem.)

Anybody know anything more about this than appears to meet the eye?
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Old 05-04-2010, 01:38 PM   #2
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That's it for now--can only be viewed on the iPad.

Agree that it's silly.
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The bookstore can only be viewed using iBooks. But iBooks will be a part of OS 4.0 due in the summer for the iPhone/Touch.
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Old 05-04-2010, 01:56 PM   #4
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Welcome to the wonderful world of Apple... If that's what the publisher cartel pinned their hopes on with the agency mess, I wish them good luck. I won't be helping bail them out.
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Old 05-04-2010, 01:58 PM   #5
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Unless I'm missing something, it appears to be impossible to browse or even see Apple's iBookstore unless you own an iPad. (Or maybe an iTouch?) Aside from being a peculiar way to do business, it's frustrating for those who might simply want to know what the store looks like, and what it carries. (Not to mention, authors who might want to know if their own books have shown up there yet. Ahem.)

Anybody know anything more about this than appears to meet the eye?

Yup. Ditto.
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Old 05-04-2010, 04:09 PM   #6
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Old 05-04-2010, 04:57 PM   #7
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Aha! Thanks, KJK!
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Old 05-04-2010, 06:08 PM   #8
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Yup. Ditto.
as does yours, Mr. Allison, except for the rather odd double-spacing of text.

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Old 05-05-2010, 07:18 AM   #9
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as does yours, Mr. Allison, except for the rather odd double-spacing of text.

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Ugh, that double-spacing really is terrible. That probably wouldn't stop me from buying such a book, but it would certainly make me want to edit it into something more sensible.
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Old 05-05-2010, 09:04 AM   #10
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The double spacing was something I was concerned about since I used Smashwords to get into the ibookstore. For some unexplained reason my epub files have an extra space between the paragraphs. When I create my own I don't have this issue. At least I got into the bookstore which is great, but it would be nice to know more about the how the store works, etc.
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Old 05-05-2010, 09:34 AM   #11
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I agree that it's strange and frustrating that you can't view the ibookstore unless you have the ipad. I had to post a question in the ipad forum here just to confirm that my ebooks were present.

It would seem logical that the store should at least be viewable so people can see the selection. And why not let them buy ibooks and through itunes anyway? It seems that Apple could market the ipad to ebook readers better if that market could actually get into their store.
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Apple doesn't care about selling books. They only want to use the bookstore to get people to buy their hardware. A few 100 million they can make by selling books doesn't matter to them. So those of us who don't want to buy ipads don't matter, they don't want our business.
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Old 05-05-2010, 12:03 PM   #13
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Apple doesn't care about selling books. They only want to use the bookstore to get people to buy their hardware. A few 100 million they can make by selling books doesn't matter to them. So those of us who don't want to buy ipads don't matter, they don't want our business.
I doubt that that's entirely true. I don't think they would have troubled to stand the publishing industry on its head over the pricing model if they didn't want to sell books. (I don't think even Jobs has that big an ego.)

But they might have discovered that it's harder than they think to set up a really good bookstore.
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But they might have discovered that it's harder than they think to set up a really good bookstore.
Yes. It really is the early days for them, both with the iBook store and the reading app, both of which need a lot of work. The store seems to work by search only..I mean, there isn't even a separate Science Fiction/Fantasy category yet!

But the iPad has been out only a month or so. Once they roll out iPhone 4.0 and put the iBooks store on every Touch and iPhone out there, I have a feeling things will change.
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I doubt that that's entirely true. I don't think they would have troubled to stand the publishing industry on its head over the pricing model if they didn't want to sell books. (I don't think even Jobs has that big an ego.)

But they might have discovered that it's harder than they think to set up a really good bookstore.
I suspect you're wrong about the ego. Can't remember the source but I remember reading a quote from Larry Ellison comparing his attitude with Steve Job's. Since I can't quote it exactly I'll paraphrase-Ellison said something like:

I want the best the world has to offer-but for Steve, that's not good enough.
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