Wednesday, January 18, 2012

A GarageBand for ebooks: Simplifying publishing could mean a flood of new content » Nieman Journalism Lab

Excerpt from a thoughtful review of Apple textbook strategy implications

Will there be an iBooks for Android? The Kindle and Nook platforms have the advantage of living on multiple types of devices: both on their own e-ink and tablet devices and on iOS and Android smartphones and tablets. Apple’s iBooks thus far lives only on iPhones, iPod touches, and iPads. If they’re aiming at widespread adoption in schools, sticking to Apple-only devices could be a hindrance. Apple’s bitten this bullet before, putting out a version of iTunes for Windows when it became clear keeping music purchasing Mac-only was a recipe for irrelevance. An iBooks for Mac seems like an obvious next move, but are sales of non-iOS smartphones and tablets sufficient to also spread the platform in new directions?

A GarageBand for ebooks: Simplifying publishing could mean a flood of new content » Nieman Journalism Lab

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