In the U.S.: Every fifth adults are Tablet owners

Formerly of 10 to 19 percent of the entire share of U.S. adults has increased, the use of an iPad, a tablet PC or other eBook reader. The approximate doubling of the U.S. market segment by the holiday shopping season now reports the market research PewResearch Center.

Tablet PCs and eBook reading devices are becoming increasingly popular. Across all age groups across the study published today at the PewResearch Center facilities in the United States even an increase of 18 percent set to 29 percent between December and January. Accordingly, there was also the year for children and young people some new devices of these formats.

After the relatively stagnant summer business in 2011 had the new Kindle Fire, the Nook tablet from Barnes and Noble and the price erosion of some equipment under the magic mark of 100 U.S. dollars the market for Christmas apparently successful resuscitation sum up, according to the the trend analyst. Apple’s sales figures are expected for tomorrow’s release.

The date for the study to evaluate values ​​from a comparison made between November / December 2011 with just under 3000 and two conducted in January with about 1000 full-year old survey. As error variance be granted for up to 2.4 percent.

iBooks Textbooks are exclusively for iBookstore, Apple’s own format

Meanwhile iBooks Author should have been installed on many Macs and aspiring authors should arrive no later than when exporting to Apple’s terms of use in contact: The application may only be created in the iBookstore to be sold.

Actually, it was expected, since Apple is a hardware manufacturer: Apple’s software is used to in order to sell hardware. This is especially true for an application such as iBooks Author, which is distributed free of charge. For the terms, conditions are even relatively generous, because who wants to distribute books free of charge, can do this and the title should of course be sold in other eBookstore, just not in the iBooks format. However, Apple will not provide software to create for the competition. Currently, however, does not support the other iBooks Reader format.

iBooks are basically in the ePub format, but use ePub 3 with some extensions. ePub 3 is currently supported by only a few eBook readers, even those who decided to publish a book dummy text and uses the Apple templates without interactive widgets to be reckoned with smears in the presentation. The free iBooks are not protected by DRM or encrypted, it would quickly give viewers, as well as in ePub 3 builds on Apple’s variant (X) HTML. Anyone who wishes to remain compatible with other viewers should also export a PDF.

For those that need authoring software, which are designed to work with various platforms, must wait to see what will respond Adobe or other software manufacturers to Apple. The only relevant alternative for textbook publishers who want to create interactive books is Amazon with the KF8 format (Kindle Fire 8). KF8 also uses in HTML5, but is not identical with ePub 3.

Apple’s YouTube-Video: “The textbook. Reinvented for iPad.”

Online courses on the iPad: Apple launches iTunes U on the App Store

On the educational event in New York Apple today introduced a new application for iOS called iTunes U. The universal app for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and will provide students with a complete package in order to participate in online courses from different universities.

Unlike the iTunes U video category in iTunes, the new app offers a complete package for teachers and students. Apple wants to make this possible, including through the integration of (paid) iBooks books and podcasts. For students, the app also offers the functions to create during the course notes.

Also, the app can be used to distribute homework: To-do lists and tasks can be sent directly to the students on their iOS device. Links within the app to link tasks, including the necessary text books with the data stored in iBooks. Who more than an iOS device can call his own, rejoice: the same note app also syncs iTunes U content between iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

iTunes U had been of particular interest to students, so should the trial offer now also be extended to the secondary.

iTunes U is available now in the App Store.

Apple invites media for ‘education announcement’ in New York, next Thursday, Jan. 19


As first reported by The Loop, Apple sent out invites today for a special media event held in New York City next Thursday, Jan. 19. The invitation’s graphic shows the familiar New York skyscraper motif, adorned with the Apple logo silhouette and the tagline:

Join us for an education announcement in the Big Apple.

The invite arrives following a flurry of speculation pertaining to the nature of the event, which was first hinted by AllThingsD. The publication reported on Jan. 2 that Apple’s presser will not be huge —at least not compared to the company’s splashy theatrical announcements—nor will it cover any iPad or Apple TV hardware news.

Instead, it will focus on iBooks, another report said. With education the focus, this leaves iBooks and perhaps textbooks, another market Jobs wanted to disrupt, as the main attraction. The presser is said to involve Apple’s Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue, whose recently expanded responsibilities now include the App Store, iTunes Store, iAd, iCloud and iBooks.

(via 9to5Mac.com)

Mac App Store: 100 million downloads in less than one year


Almost a year ago that Apple OS X 10.6.6 available for download and thus opened the doors to the new shopping paradise for Mac applications, the Mac App Store has. Were at the launch of a limited number of apps available, meanwhile cavort major titles between many small app store pearl. Indication of the success of the Mac App Store: Today has passed the magic boundary of the 100 million app downloads.

At first glance, this appears not much, especially compared with the App Store for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch: There were three months after the launch twice as many downloads. After a year, Apple reported more than one billion app downloads. Cupertino now reached this level monthly.

However, the App Store iOS the only way to download apps for OS X next to the Mac App Store, other sources are used. In addition, the average price for Mac programs is much higher than the price of IOS applications. Since there are hardly any significant competition, Apple’s App Store, but still describe as the “world’s largest and fastest growing store for PC software.”

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