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350,000 Apple iBooks Fly Off Virtual Shelves in First Three Days

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News Posted: Mon, Jan 23 2012 4:06 PM
For all the ballyhooing over Apple's restrictive license for its iBooks 2 initiative, users seemed eager to flock to Cupertino's virtual book store and download in droves. To wit, All Things D is reporting that more than 350,000 textbooks were downloaded from Apple's iBooks Store within just the first three days of availability, a staggering number it sourced from Global Equities Research.

It's hard to tell if those numbers are accurate, especially since Global Equities Research "doesn't much care to discuss" its proprietary tracking system, but even just being in the ballpark would be a huge deal for Apple. It is worth mentioning, however, that many of these could have been free downloads of E.O. Wilson's Life on Earth by curious observers of how textbooks look on the iPad.


Apple launched its iBooks 2 app for the iPad last week, along with a companion authoring tool, iBooks Author, which Global Equities Research says has been downloaded more than 90,000 times. Using this new system, textbooks can be sold directly to students, potentially cutting out up to 35 percent of the cost of books. As it stands, high school textbooks will be available for $14.99 or less.
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like i said before "If this happens it will have a good impact in apple's profit." and look what happend i think i predicted the future O_o

"potentially cutting out up to 35 percent of the cost of books" that's what i call a success.

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LLeCompte replied on Mon, Jan 23 2012 5:01 PM

Well this will make college books stores come down on price. Thats a good thing.

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omegadraco replied on Mon, Jan 23 2012 10:24 PM

Wow, that is pretty impressive. I know there are a few K-12 schools running iPad programs and this I am sure would be a great opportunity for them. Hope they didn't patent it though lol.

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isn't it patented O_o

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digitaldd replied on Tue, Jan 24 2012 9:10 AM

Someone I know downloaded a sample one onto their 16Gb iPad the download was over a gig and it was only 17 pages or so. How do they expect you to fit multiple text books onto a device there still is no expandable storage ?

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download and read one ebook at the time :)

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AKwyn replied on Tue, Jan 24 2012 3:08 PM

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Someone I know downloaded a sample one onto their 16Gb iPad the download was over a gig and it was only 17 pages or so. How do they expect you to fit multiple text books onto a device there still is no expandable storage ?

Well they could compress some stuff such as the images... Or at the very least they could use an SVG like format so that they could be small and they wouldn't lose any detail when they're resized.

 

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digitaldd:

Someone I know downloaded a sample one onto their 16Gb iPad the download was over a gig and it was only 17 pages or so. How do they expect you to fit multiple text books onto a device there still is no expandable storage ?

Wow that is ridiculous the size of these books should be no where near that large considering that they are only being displayed on a 10 inch screen. They should also add this app to their Lion machines so education could use a Mac laptop with a projector while the students read the books on their iPads

 

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OSunday replied on Wed, Jan 25 2012 12:26 AM

My School District just purchased 5,175 iPad 2's with a federal grant for technology and they did this before the release of iBooks 2, anticipating the devices to be used as a supplement (thesaurus, dictionary calculator etc.) and eventual replacement for textbooks.

It wouldn't surprise me if 5,175 of those downloads came from my school district as their still in the process of outfitting the iPads with software and restriction/security measures before releasing them to students at the beginning of February.

Although it's been said iBook's wont replace textbooks for a while, its definitely headed down the path of doing so

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First Apple has to make it so you can lock the iPad's down a bit more :(

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To get around the storage issue with the iPads, couldn't the students buy the ebooks and access them via the "Cloud"? They can download chapters onto their iPads for faster access, saving storage space for additional chapters from other textbooks.

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