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Why Should I Buy An Apple iPad

I am sure many others are debating whether or not to buy an Apple Ipad (Apple is already taking pre-orders for April delivery). There are many features that we would have loved to have in the Apple Ipad but i still think there are several which can make this a good buy.

1. Pretty Robust ebook platform:

Ipad probably is the best and most robust option that you have for an ebook reader (others – Amazon Kindle, B&N Nook, Sony ebook reader etc). There can be three sources from which you can buy and read ebooks

a. Directly from IBook Store using IBook App : I am sure Apple biz dev folks are talking to all the top pubishers to include them in the book store

b. Using Other Apps (KIndle, Nook etc) : If a book is not available on Ibook you can download a Kindle or Nook App to buy the books

c. Access Books from cloud (Google Editions): There is a very high probability that many international books are not available through IBook, Kindle or Nook. Google has done a great job of working with thousands of publishers/libraries across the globe to make these books accessible to users (through Google Book Search program). I am sure Google will be talking to these publishers to include these books in Google Editions (Google’s cloud based ebook platform)

d. Read freely available ebooks (epub format): Apple Ibook app will allow you to upload any epub fomat ebook that you might have (many free ebook services like project Gutenberg provide book in epub format)

I dont belive any other Ebook device can provide you with such a robust solution. However, It will be intersting to check out other factors:

i. Size/Weight of the device: The device definitely is bigger than Kindle. Which might be good for a better Newpaper/magazine reading experience.

ii. Battery backup : The color screen will definitely use more battery as compared to Kindle so more frequent charging of your Ipad

iii. Reading experience: Apple Ipad will not use e-Ink format that Nook and Kindle use. E-Ink based devices are supposed to provide readers a better and more comfortable reading experience. Reading in sunlight might be problematic too.

It seems Apple will not support Flash. There are many rich media sites (Hulu etc.) that use flash. However, I believe that these companies anyway will have Iphone App.

2. Form factor:

Apple Ipad has a huge form factor advantage. This huge screen would be great for viewing TV episodes and movies on the device.  There are already various apps available on iphone App store to view your favorite TV shows on the move.

3. Access to thousands of Apps through Itunes:

Since the device can connect to internet and will have itune store available on the device there will not be any hassle of synching the device to your PC/Laptop. And you all of a sudden have access to thousands of Apps available through App store.


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Cool-er ebooks reader gets even more cool : adds 400K new titles

Coole-er ebook reader recently tied up with overdrive, this tie-up increases the number of books offered through the reader device to 2 million in 42 language.

These ebook readers are priced at $249 and support 42 ebook format (EPUB, TXT, JPEG and PDF). the most interesting feature is that you can share the ebook with 5 other users :). Thought the price of the device is less than the Kindle the price of the ebooks is higher than that of kindle

site: http://www.coolerbooks.com/

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whats is the most accepted digital book format? EPUB?

What is EPUB?


  • The EPUB content standard allows publishers to produce and send a single digital publication file through distribution and offers consumers interoperability between software/hardware for unencrypted reflowable digital books and other publications.

“.epub” Extension

  • “.epub” is the file extension for EPUB reflowable digital books and publications.

EPUB Acronym Soup

  • Container: OCF (Open [OEBPS] Container Format)
    • ZIP-based archive of publication parts
    • Really just one extra file to point to root of publication and a defined directory structure
    • Define mechanism for inclusion of alternate renditions,
    • cryptography, signatures and rights information
    • It’s just ZIP!
  • Markup packaging: OPF (Open Packaging Format)
  • Markup content: OPS (Open Publication Structure); XHTML & DTBook

EPUB is an OPS/OPF publication in an OCF container

What’s the difference between EPUB & PDF?

  • PDF is pre-paginated and not easily re-flowed
  1. “Zoom” a PDF, see the upper left
  2. PDF is a print and print-archive format
  • EPUB content, like XHTML, is re-flowable
  1. If paginated, when zoomed, there will be more “pages”
  2. OPS is a re-flowable “electronic content” format
  3. Adobe’s Digital Editions has adopted EPUB for such content

EPUB validator:


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