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Apple introduces iBooks: iTunes for eBooks

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You may have heard that Apple introduced a new tablet computer called the iPad today. Our friends at Engadget are covering the heck out of the announcement. But one aspect I wanted to touch on was the launch of a new application designed specifically for the iPad, called iBooks.

Basically iBooks is like iTunes for eBooks. Apple has reached deals with 5 major book publishers and starting today there should be a ton of books available for download including New York Times bestellers.

We don't have details on the price yet. And I'm a bit skeptical that Apple's 1.5 pound, 10 inch tablet with a full color display is going to provide the same kind of reading experience as a thin, light, and high-contrast grayscale eBook reader such as a 10 ounce Amazon Kindle. But it should be interesting to see how Apple's new eBook marketplace affects the digital book space. Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other eBook distributors are about to get some serious competition. And that should be a good thing for innovation both in the software and hardware for digital book readers.

As cool as Ray Kurzweil's Blio looks, you have to wonder if it has a snowball's chance against iBooks.

Tags: apple, ebooks, ibook, ibooks, ipad, itunes, mac

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