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Apple’s iOS Human Interface Guidelines Now Available from the iBooks Store

Apple has released an iBooks version of its iOS Human Interface Guidelines, which is free to download. This document used to be available only to developers, is now accessible to the general public. But, why? While there are certainly many people interested in knowing the details of Apple’s interface recommendations (and rules), it’s not very […]

Apple Refuses Ebook with Tits on Cover; French Go Crazy

According to Le Monde, Apple has refused to sell a book with a picture of tits on its cover. The publisher – a small press, which hardly anyone had heard of before this event – is crying foul. Using phrases like “censorship” and “a violation of freedom of expression,” this publisher is calling on the […]

OS X 10.9 Mavericks: Save PDFs to iBooks

New to OS X 10.9 Mavericks is the iBooks app, which can manage and read books in EPUB format, as well as PDF files. You can sync these books to iOS devices via iTunes. I’ve written about some of the problems with iBooks here. One interesting feature in iBooks is a new PDF service that […]

OS X 10.9 Mavericks: Sharing Your iBooks Library

Until the arrival of OS X 10.9 Mavericks, and the new iBooks app for Mac, you could use Home Sharing to share all of the content in your iTunes library, including books. Now that iBooks has sequestered your ebooks, you can no longer easily share them with family members. Home Sharing is useful because it […]

OS X 10.9 Mavericks: Where Did My Books Go?

One of the new apps in Mavericks is iBooks. This is the desktop version of the app you’ve been using for years on your iOS device to read books. It’s quite good to finally have a desktop iBooks app. For example, if you want to read my Take Control of iTunes 11: The FAQ and […]

Can Apple Make iBooks Match for Books?

TechCrunch is reporting that an upcoming Apple event, to be held in January, will focus on ebooks, and the company’s iBooks app. My first thought is that there’s not much they can do with iBooks to warrant a media event, with a presentation and announcement, but then I thought a bit more. What if Apple […]

My Take Control of iTunes Now in the iBookstore

My latest book, Take Control of iTunes 10: The FAQ is now available in Apple’s iBookstore. You can now get it in epub format, in addition to the original PDF, and read it in iBooks more easily. (Epubs do flow more easily than PDFs when you change font sizes.) If you’re on an iPad, iPhone […]

Apple Updates iBooks: PDF Display Suffers

I use Apple’s iBooks on my iPad for reading epub books, and since PDF support was added, I’ve tried it out a few times. But the $0.99 GoodReader has so many more features, that I haven’t found it very useful to use iBooks for PDFs. Apple has updated iBooks, claiming that there were improvements to […]