Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 19th Jan 2012 17:41 UTC
Apple Apple's education event just ended, and just as Ars Technica said, Apple announced better support for textbooks, as well as a textbook authoring tool. The textbook authoring tool is heavily inspired by Keynote and Pages, and hence, I already know it's going to be top-notch and very pleasant to use. In addition, the company also repositioned iTunes U as a Blackboard competitor. As great as all these new tools are, several large red flags went up in my mind: I remember what it was like being the only student who didn't use Windows. Update: "Any e-textbook author that wants access to the iPad-toting masses must make his or her work an exclusive to iBooks 2."
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Comment by Panajev
by Panajev on Fri 20th Jan 2012 09:38 UTC
Panajev
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2008-01-09

"Apple is not a company that is trying to change the world like Google."

Google, just like Apple, pushes out products to protect their core business: search, advertising, gathering, using, and selling your data and your tastes.
Some Google products actually worsened though, vendor lock-in wise, now that they have Android. How many features launch first on the Android version of the Google app and if they end up on the other platform's native apps they do so with a great delay. Have you noticed how even their mobile oriented web versions are getting a bit left behind (see if Google Reader has the same functionality...).

Anyways, to get back on topic:

http://www.macrumors.com/2012/01/19/a-closer-look-at-ibooks-author-...

What seems to be claimed by Apple is exclusivity about books published in their own format, not that you cannot make standard ePub versions of your book to sell online the way you as an author want.

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RE: Comment by Panajev
by shmerl on Fri 20th Jan 2012 16:46 in reply to "Comment by Panajev"
shmerl Member since:
2010-06-08

While Google does have market gain aspirations, in general Google promotes key open standards (WebM, XMPP/Jingle are major examples). Apple is much worse in this sense.

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