In a letter to participating iBookstore content creators on Wednesday, Apple outlined new additions and features to the eBook publishing section of iTunes Connect, where authors submit their work to be distributed via iTunes.
Here's a recap of the top tech stories involving Apple for the fifth week of 2012, including a look at product news, the week's business stories, and upcoming events. It's published as an iBook you can interactively navigate using iPad
Apple's newly minted iBooks Author initiative targeting dynamic digital textbooks for iPad-adopting schools is getting a strong push from the Obama administration, which has outlined a challenge for schools and the industry to make the move from old media over the next five years.
In a new interview, Microsoft founder Bill Gates discusses conversations he would have with the late Steve Jobs, and also shares his thoughts on the future of education in the wake of Apple's iPad textbook announcement.
In 2005, Adobe acquired Macromedia for $3.4 billion to branch out from conventional print publishing into the dynamic web market, largely to get ahold of Flash. Using web standards, Apple has bridged conventional publishing with dynamic, interactive animation in iBooks Author, and Sencha has demonstrated how to extend iBooks with custom, Flash-free animations.
Apple is seeking to democratize digital publishing on iPad using web standards, building upon technology it developed for Mac OS X Dashboard and iAd rather than delivering textbooks as native iOS apps.
Even as Apple unveiled new partnerships with publishers focusing on ebooks and digital textbooks earlier this week, lawyers have amended a class-action lawsuit against Apple and five of the six big publishers accusing them of "deep antagonism" toward Amazon and its pricing scheme.
The continued presence of iPad-specific double-resolution images within Apple's newly updated iBooks 2 app has set off another round of speculation that the company will soon release an iPad with an improved display that approaches Retina Display-like quality.
While Apple's free new iBooks Author publishing app generates what appears to be a modified EPUB format, Apple's licensing terms for the app restrict commercial distribution of the ebooks it creates solely to the iBookstore. Noncommercial, free distribution of ebooks and PDFs is not restricted in any way.
Steve Jobs was rumored to have scuttled the prospects Push Pop Press after its founder allegedly built the company's physics engine using patented Apple technology, despite knowing about Apple's parallel plans for advancing iBooks.
Apple's new iBooks Author application for Mac OS X allows authors to create iBook titles and submit them to the iBookstore for free. But authors who already have an iTunes Connect developer account will need to create a second account to submit books.