Apple's online store went temporarily offline Wednesday, only to return with a a more visible return policy. Also, contrary to an earlier report, Apple will not be exhibiting at the BookExpo America conference, but will be holding private meetings.
Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs surprised the crowd Wednesday by taking the stage at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, just weeks after he left his daily duties for health reasons.
Days after publisher Random House announced it would adopt the agency model for e-book sales, content from the world's largest consumer trade publisher — including "The Da Vinci Code" — began appearing on Apple's iBookstore.
Random House, the world's largest book publisher and most high profile holdout from Apple's eBook digital download, could soon bring its catalog of top selling novels to the electronics maker's iOS ecosystem.
Recent rumors have suggested Apple will give the second generation iPad a much higher resolution screen, although short of the ppi density of the Retina Display of iPhone 4. New graphics discovered within Apple's iBook app suggest this is true.
Google Editions, the search giant's entry into the e-book market, is in the "final stages," and is set to debut by the end of the year, posing a threat to Apple's new iBookstore, according to a new report.
Online retail giant Amazon announced Monday that it will begin offering magazine and newspaper publishers the same 70-30 revenue split as Apple's App Store for periodicals sold through the Kindle Store, possibly opening up an opportunity for Apple to open its own digital newspaper store.
Apple's iAds for its iOS mobile operating system could have an advantage over competing advertising networks in creating targeted ads, due to extensive data found in users' iTunes, App Store and iBooks purchases.
Soon after iOS 4 was released to iPhone and iPod touch users on Monday, Apple also made its iBooks application for reading and purchasing e-books available for device owners for free via the App Store.
Apple said Monday that its new iPad device helped the company garner a 22% share of the eBook market in just over two months, selling more than 5 million digital books to early adopters. An update to the device's iBook software will soon build on that success with support for PDF, bookmarking, and more.