Yesterday’s “iBooks 2.0 and iBooks Author announcements were another evolutionary step toward Apple’s total domination of digital content creation and delivery,” Jason D. O’Grady writes for ZDNet. “The problem is that Apple is artificially limiting its new publishing poster child — iBooks — to iOS in order to squeeze every last cent out of consumers that it can.”
“Back in September 2011, I chose Amazon’s Kindle app over iBooks for one simple reason: it’s available on the desktop,” O’Grady writes. “I know that there are a whole generation of keyboard cutters coming up in the ranks, but I’m not one of them. My iPad will never fully replace my MacBook Air with it’s glorious keyboard, USB ports and external mouse. At least not in the foreseeable future.”
O’grady writes, “Apple makes its money from selling hardware (iPhones, iPads and Macs) and it sells software (apps, music, movies) mostly as a way to move hardware. Apple’s answer to students with MacBook Airs, of course, is to buy an iPad!”
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MacDailyNews Take: Damn that greedy Apple for giving away iBooks Author, iBooks, and, for that matter, iTunes U for free. Wait, what?