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Reviews: Syncing And Sharing Features For iPad

Some feedback on the syncing and sharing features of the iPad that users might be interested in:

1) No PDF support: iPad supports the ePub format but not any other formats. So users will have to convert all other formats and one easy way to do so is using Calibre (helps convert almost all formats)

2) iWork – MS Office and email: One of the cool features is that if you email yourself a Word doc, you can open it in pages.

3) The Kindle reader works great on the iPad: For users who have used the Kindle store in the past the iPad app for Kindle works great.

4) Desktop Document: In order to use iWork documents on iPad users will have to either import the documents in iTunes or email the documents to themselves.

5) iPad cannot support video beyond 720p

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Another Author bows to ebook trend – John Grisham

John Grisham, one of the best known thriller author across the globe has finally decided to open up all his backlist of 23 novels in ebook format. Which means that owners of Kindle, Nook, Sony ereader and soon iPad will be able to read all his backlists on their device.

Is this just a small change in the direction of authors working directly working with ebook retailers like (Amazon, Apple, Google , B&N) to launch their books 🙂 My bets are that this is bound to happen in few Genre (Thriller, Romance), where the form factor of ebook readers and laptop give the end users a fine reading experience.

I personally believe that the true inflection point for the ebook industry would come the day J K Rowling decides to make her books available as ebooks 🙂

I have decided to create a list of Authors that decide to go the ebook way.

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Ebook Pricing War Between Apple and Amazon – Who Will Win Publishers or Amazon

As we all know book publishing industry is going through one of the biggest industry defining change in last 100+ years. When the industry seemed all ready to go ahead with the ebooks (with Amazon successfully launching and selling kindle and kindle books) Apple decide to disrupt the party with its announcement of launch of iBook Store through iPad and by signing Agency model (a pricing mode were publishers decide at what price they want to sell their books to the end users contrary to the normal distribution deal that publishers had with Amazon where publishers sell these books to Amzon at normal discount on list price and Amazon can sell it to publisher at whatever price) deal with Top 5 publishers (all the top except Random House)

The ebook pricing model is going through an interesting time with Apple trying to talk to publisher (both small and big) to go for agency model (which means 70% for publisher & 30%  for retailer split) and get an assurance that they will not sell the same book at a lower price through any other retailer (read Amazon). Amazon on the other hand has made it clear that it is not going to sign Agency model deal with any one except the Top 5 Apple publishers. This has left Publishers in a dilemma.If they go for Agency model with Apple they will not be able to sell through Amazon because Apple deal will not allow them to sell the same ebook at a lower price anywhere else and if they do not sell through Apple then they are increasing the power of Amazon even more.

The solution to this stalemate is

1. Apple becomes more flexible and decides to have a mix of both Agency and normal wholesale model (offer similar revenue split for agency and normal wholesale model i.e. 70%/30%)

2. or Amazon is fine with Publishers doing Agency agreement for ebooks sales.

Next few months are going to be really interesting as Amazon will try its best to use its clout in print books to arm twist mid and small publishers in staying away from Agency model and Apple will try its best to make its ebook offering best by having as many publishers in the program as possible. The third big player in this game is Google. It will interesting to see which way will Google go with its Google Editions offering.

Lets wait and watch and enjoy the game. My bets are on Amazon 🙂

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Apple Offers to Replace iPads If Any Battery Issues

With the new iPad ready to be pre-ordered Apple has announced that they will replace your existing iPads if there are any battery issues (Ex: Battery’s diminished ability to hold an electric charge etc). The replacement does come with a small service fee of $99 plus a $6.95 shipping cost. But because they will be replacing the entire device and sending over a new one all the existing personal data from the device will be lost. In fact Apple has stated: “before you submit your iPad for service, it is important to sync your iPad with iTunes to back up your contacts, calendars, email account settings, bookmarks, apps, etc”.

That’s a great deal isn’t it? The only hassle here being away from the device for about a week while the old device is gone and the new one is on its way.

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Penguin gets innovative with ipad

Really interesting video on how penguin  is planning to use ipad for its new format/interactive books:

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Nook for Valentine’s day

Nook should finally be available in Stores for sale starting the Valentine’s day. Go get one for your loved ones 🙂 I will wait a bit longer for the iPad 😉

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