Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 27th Jan 2010 19:45 UTC
Apple In what everybody already saw coming for weeks (months) now, Apple has just unveiled its latest product, a tablet called the iPad. Basically a bigger version of the iPhone, Steve Jobs presented the iPad during a press event in San Francisco. The most interesting news? It's powered by... An Apple processor, called the A4. The most shocking news? The price.
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Ebooks
by WorknMan on Wed 27th Jan 2010 19:52 UTC
WorknMan
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2005-11-13

The store currently carries books from Penguin, Harper Collins, Simon & Schuster, Macmillan, and Hachette book group. Surprisingly good news: it uses the open ePub format!


Does that mean I can purchase these and use Calibre to load them on my Kindle?

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RE: Ebooks
by darknexus on Wed 27th Jan 2010 20:04 in reply to "Ebooks"
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2008-07-15

Wouldn't count on that. Just because the format is Epub doesn't mean it won't be encrypted with Fairplay like everything else from iTunes (except music). iTunes movies are standard MP4 with AAC and H.264, but you still can't play them on anything but Apple devices unless decrypted. Epub is open, Apple... less so, and you can bet there will be publishers demanding DRM.

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RE[2]: Ebooks
by WorknMan on Wed 27th Jan 2010 21:03 in reply to "RE: Ebooks"
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

Wouldn't count on that. Just because the format is Epub doesn't mean it won't be encrypted with Fairplay like everything else from iTunes (except music).


IRIC, Fairplay has already been cracked, so assuming that making the books DRM-less wouldn't be that hard. Well, here's hoping ;) On the other hand, if these ebooks have video and sound to them, not exactly sure how that would work either.

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RE[2]: Ebooks
by Macrat on Wed 27th Jan 2010 23:57 in reply to "RE: Ebooks"
Macrat Member since:
2006-03-27

iTunes movies are standard MP4 with AAC and H.264, but you still can't play them on anything but Apple devices.


They'll play in on your Windows system with iTunes.

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RE[2]: Ebooks
by google_ninja on Thu 28th Jan 2010 13:15 in reply to "RE: Ebooks"
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2006-02-05

just because a format is open, doesn't mean it doesn't support drm. there are plenty of drm epubs out there, it totally depends on where you buy the book.

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