Rumored NYC Apple Event To Focus On eBooks And Sef-Publishing?
Apple is rumored to be planning a press conference for the end of the month, and word on the street is that it's going to focus on eBooks.
The tracking of Apple rumors is practically a full-contact sport, and the eventual reality never turns out to be as spectacular as the bloggers imagine (see: iPhone 4S), but there's still some interesting gossip making the rounds on the internets.
According to Goodreader, Apple is finally going to announce a digital self-publishing platform, similar to the one offered by Amazon. This makes a good deal of sense. Two of Amazon's best-selling books for 2011 were self-published. As of now, Apple doesn't make it easy for self-published authors, forcing them to go through third parties like Smashwords to get listed in the iBookstore. They're leaving money on the table, and it stands to reason they would want to get into the self-publishing game.
Other sites, like Macrumors, seem to think the event will address digital textbooks and education. Also sensible. I love my Kindle, but it just doesn't make sense for use as a learning tool. The iPad offers a much higher degree of interactivity. And all the pretty colors and moving stuff! Given that it has more power under the hood than the Kindle Fire, this could be a section of the market that Apple could corner, by becoming the go-to classroom tool.
Time will tell. The event hasn't even been made official, although a number of reputable blogs and news sites have reported on it. And while I'm sure you're all crossing your fingers that this is actually about the iPad 3 or something, the rumored location of the press conference (New York City) pretty much guarantees it's not a hardware announcement. Apple likes to keep those in their backyard on the West Coast.
Or I could be completely wrong about all of this, which is always a possibility, and part of the fun of reporting on anything Apple does!
I'd like to take an informal poll here, though: How many of you use iBooks? Even before I got my Kindle, I bought all my eBooks through the iPad's Kindle app. iBooks never really grabbed me, and their selection is pretty anemic compared to Amazon. Am I missing something? Anyone here prefer the iBookstore?
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