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    iBooks store question

    I like the ibooks feature on the ipad. My only problem is that I'm a dean koontz fan. I noticed the iBooks store has some of his work but not all. Does anyone know if this is like this for other authors? I think for that reason the kindle may win the e-reader battle.
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    Its brand new buddy, give it some time

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    Thats what I was thinking.
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    Yes, this is like this for other authors. Five of my titles made the "first wave" to the iBookstore. Other didn't. The reason why this happens for Mr. Koontz, me and others varies from rights issues to some publishers not having opted into the system yet. Hopefully, everyones work will get on the store soon. It took a while for everybody to get on the iTunes catalog.

    BTW, I'm a Dean Koontz fan also.
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    Many publishers are still untrusting of ebooks. I've heard some say that it's costly to bring an ebook to market. That's a lot of... Books exist in electronic format before printing. That's how they come out of the author's computer in the first place. Why wouldn't it come to the public earlier?
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    Quote Originally Posted by iVan View Post
    Many publishers are still untrusting of ebooks. I've heard some say that it's costly to bring an ebook to market. That's a lot of... Books exist in electronic format before printing. That's how they come out of the author's computer in the first place. Why wouldn't it come to the public earlier?
    I could tell some tales that would get me into trouble.

    But aren't we seeing the same product shift when music went digital. Record companies not releasing stuff for the same reasons. They'll soon come around when it hits their bank balance.
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    I was wondering if anyone had come across a strategy for browsing the Ibooks store. I get lost between featured selections and some of the narrow categories? Also the free categories seem to be limited primarily to the books in the brown paper covers!

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    This is one of the reasons that the Kindle app is still #1 for me. That's the difference between a company that is primarily in the book selling business (at least that's the way Amazon started) and a company that sells electronic hardware (Apple).

    One of the things I can do with Amazon that I can't do with iBooks is browse online at amazon.com on my PC (which is much easier to do than searching on the iPad) and then download it to my iPad when I start the Kindle app. iBooks takes place entirely within the iPad universe. You can't even read your iBooks on your computer... not yet anyway.

    Even though I have all the eReading apps from all (that I know of) content providers, no one can beat Amazon in terms of selection. Price wise, sometimes other sources beat their price, but Amazon is my "go to" source for eBooks.

    Of course, YMMV!

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    It really is a mystery why Apple won't let you into the iBooks experience without being on your iPhone/iTouch/iPad. iTunes lets you play your music on your computer, so why not iBooks? I'm struggling with trying to figure out how to promote my book on iBookstore, which is being run like a Speakeasy.

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    I have been thinking about whether or not the reason that there haven't been any significant improvements in the IBooks store site in terms of improving the browsing capabilities is that the IBooks feature is just one of thousands of aps and functions available on the IPad. The Kindle on the other hand, not only is a dedicated ereader-therefore Amazon would naturally concentrate on making it as useful as possible, but it mimics the browsing system of the Amazon bookstore-which has years of programing behind it.

    I just hope that soon the people at Apple will devote a little more time and money making IBooks store a more welcoming environment. Once you get a book, the experience is wonderful, but for now it feels more like the book department of WalMart than a high-end book store (which is what I expected from Apple).


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