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Kobo and WSJ Ceased Direct Selling Through iOS Gadgets

Written on July 25, 2011 by Lulu

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Kobo and the Wall Street Journal will stop direct selling through iOS devices, as the two companies follow Apple's new iOS subscription rules.

Kobo, alongside Wall Street Journal, announced on Sunday that they will stop providing links to buying books or subscription through their iPad and iPhone apps. The two decided to follow Apple’s new iOS subscription rules, barring links to something other than iTunes. Purchases for either will now have to go through the web without direct links. Google Books might also be affected, since its app disappeared from iTunes without explanation on weekend.

Apple’s new rules aren’t fatal to the apps’ successes. Kobo explained that much of its purchasing goes through the website. However, the move gives Apple an unfair advantage. Once the Apple’s rule holds, only the iBookstore will be allowed to have the direct purchasing link.

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Apple’s Back to School Promotion Launches TODAY!

Written on June 16, 2011 by Avlya Jaie

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People have heard several rumors regarding the Apple "Back to School Promotion". Finally, the wait is over, as Apple officially announced their Back to School Promo.

Numerous predictions have been thrown out these past few weeks with regards to the exact date of Apple’s “Back to School Promotion” launching. Finally, after a long wait, the company declared the said promotion open.

The Apple promotion offers people a $100 gift card, which can be used on all leading App Store, including the Mac App Store, iTunes Store, and iBookstore. The company is expecting that loads of participants will be present on the said promo today, but people don’t need to rush that much since this Back to School Promotion is not a one-day event, it will run until September 20, 2011.

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Write and Self-Publish with the New iWork

Written on August 30, 2010 by Aiken Lewis

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Authors and non-authors alike would find something engaging in the improved Apple iWork suite of productivity apps. A couple of keywords here: write and publish.

The Thursday-released update for iWork–version 9.0.4–included a feature that would let writers add their work to iBookstore shelves. How? One app is the answer: Pages 4.0.4. The word processor now runs compatible with the e-Pub format, which is supported by iBooks, making it possible for Pages users to write from different paragraph styles or downloadable templates–and publish the finished product on the iPad’s e-Reader.

Authors can now type away with their iPads, craft stories and poems and the like, and upload their own material anytime. But this is not an exclusively-for-authors thing, so non-writers, bring out the iPads too!

The Pages manuscripts can be uploaded to iBooks as you tap, tap, tap, so authors may get the hang out of self-publishing. The Apple support site has displayed a document providing tips on writing in the ePub format. Once uploaded, the material can be viewed as a book. The joy and delight of an author in seeing his or her words in black and white…

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