Apple iBooks vs Kindle
iOS reading app + book store: Both a way to read books and a way to buy them, iBooks transforms the simple act of reading into something simply delightful. The iBookstore features the best of what’s new right at the top of the page. Flick from page to page. Change text size. Select a different font. Adjust the brightness.
Amazon Kindle enable users to shop for, download, browse, and read e-books, newspapers, magazines. It provides over 1 million books in the Kindle Store. Amazon Whispersync automatically syncs your last page read, bookmarks, notes, and highlights across devices (including Kindle), so you can pick up your book where you left off on another device. Provides apps for Android, iOS, Blackberry, Windows Phone, Mac, PC and the family of ereading devices
Latest news about Apple iBooks and Kindle:
24.08.16. Amazon launched Kindle Reading Fund to expand digital reading around the world. Amazon announced a new program called the Kindle Reading Fund which is aimed at making digital books more easily available worldwide. The Fund will donate a number of Kindle e-readers, Fire tablets as well as e-books to communities around the world, in conjunction with various partner organizations. In addition to schools, libraries, PTAs, hospitals and other nonprofits, Amazon is also now working with Worldreader to help support its reading programs in the developing world.
22.06.16. Kindle gets a thinner and lighter design and 2x RAM. Amazon’s newly refreshed entry-level Kindle has slimmed down and dropped a little weight in time for swimsuit season – 16-percent, for those counting, now down to 5.7 ounces. The new version features double the RAM of its predecessor, kicking things up to 512MB, along with a couple of new features, including Export Notes, which let you send notes and highlights to yourself via email and Bluetooth audio, which accesses the VoiceView content reader without need for an adapter. There’s also a newly personalized home screen and updates to the reader’s simplified Chinese offering. The new Kindle comes in both black and white, and features a newly rounded back for a better in-hand fit. It’s priced the same as its predecessor, at $79 WiFi with Special Offers and $99 without. It’s available for pre-order now, with shipping starting in the next couple of weeks. The higher-end, front-lit PaperWhite is now also, fittingly, available in white as well.
22.03.16. Apple iBooks adds iCloud support for PDF files and audiobooks. Apple has just unveiled a brand new update of iOS. Except the new nighttime reading more (which decreases the amount of bluelight that emits from the screen) iBooks has quietly received a number of really important upgrades. One of the biggest problems with iBooks was the lack of iCloud support for EPUB/PDF files and audiobooks. This is very important to people who have a vast e-book collection on their computers and want to read on their iPhone when they are out and their iPad when at home. You only need to load your content on a single Apple product and iCloud will prompt you on your secondary device if you want to access the content. This is applicable to sideloaded content, but also stuff you purchased directly from iBooks.
16.02.16. Kindle for PC allows to read children’s books and comic books. Amazon Kindle users can now read comic books and kids books on Kindle for PC. This marks the first occasion that you do not need any of the Amazon hardware or their various smartphone apps. In 2014 Amazon acquired Coxmilogy, the largest digital distributor of comic books. Amazon has been slowly integrating all of their content into the Kindle store. This includes comics from major publishers such as DC and Marvel. Aside from Comixology, Amazon also deals directly with thousands of publishers all over the world. If you have purchased any kids or comic books directly from Amazon you can now read them on Kindle for PC or Kindle for MAC. If you already have these apps installed you will need to download the update.
18.01.16. New iOS 9.3 feature will make reading at night easier on your eyes. Apple is going to make it easier for you to use your devices at night. The upcoming iOS 9.3 update will include a new feature called "Night Shift" that will change the colors of the light emitted by your iPhone or iPad's display, based on the time of day. The feature uses your current location and the clock on your iPhone or iPad to figure out what time the sun sets, and will automatically "shift the colors in your display to the warmer end of the spectrum," according to Apple. The idea is very similar to f.lux, a popular Mac and Windows app that changes your display's lighting based on the time of day. When it starts to get dark outside, the app gradually makes the colors warmer to reduce eye strain.
09.12.15. Apple iBooks improves listening audiobooks. Apple has just released iOS 9.2 with updated iBooks app. iBooks now includes support for 3D Touch, allowing users to peek and pop into pages from the table of contents, notes and bookmarks, or search results with force press gestures. iBooks also includes support for listening to an audiobook while browsing a library, reading other books, or viewing the iBooks Store.
27.06.15. Kindle now allows to share book quotes via messengers. Kindle users will now have a new way to tell their friends about their favorite books or book quotes by way of mobile messaging apps, including Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, texting, and more. The addition makes sense for a number of Kindle readers. Book club groups, for instance, could take advantage of the private sharing option to get into more in-depth conversations around the current title they’re reading via messaging apps or email. Plus, users can now share their book recommendations in a more personal fashion by messaging just those friends who they think would really enjoy the title, as opposed to posting a status update to Facebook. The upgraded feature allows for sharing of quotes, highlights as well as recommendations with specific friends, and is immediately available on Kindle for Android. Support for Kindle e-readers and other devices is expected for later this year.
23.06.15. Kindle Unlimited will pay authors get paid based on the number of pages consumer reads. Amazon announced plans to dramatically change the way it pays authors enrolled in its Kindle Unlimited program, the Netflix-like service that allows readers to pay a flat fee ($10) to borrow an unlimited number of books every month. As of July 1, authors will be paid based on the number of pages the consumer reads. Previously, Amazon paid authors based on whether a reader had reached the 10% mark in a book, no matter its length. After that was calculated, a general revenue pool was divided up and divvied out to authors. But some indie authors learned to game the system by publishing a larger number of shorter books, thus earning the same, and in some cases, more revenue than those with fewer titles, but longer page counts.
29.05.15. Amazon introduced Kindle Bundle for Kids. Amazon is launching a discounted Kindle for Kids Bundle to encourage them to parents to buy Kindles for their children. This new package includes the combination of ad-free Kindle e-reader, a durable cover, and an extended warranty on the device which protects against spills and drops. The Bundle is being sold for $99, which is a savings of $39.98 if all three items were purchased separately, notes Amazon. The Kindle e-reader is designed for books, meaning it doesn’t support apps and games as with Kindle tablets. The device’s 4 GB of storage can hold thousands of books, and stays charged up to four weeks, based on half an hour of reading per day with wireless off. Parents can buy Kindle books from Amazon, which today offers over 250,000 titles, or they can borrow e-books from their public library to use with the device.
07.02.15. Kindle Convert allows to turn your paper library into e-Books. If you’ve been hanging on to those paper books because the idea of having to repurchase them all as Kindle titles is daunting, Amazon has a new service for you: Kindle Convert, a program for Windows that turns print books into digital versions fully compatible with Amazon’s Kindle software, including adjustable font, Whispersync for making sure you’ll be able to go to the furthest read position on any device, and backup in Amazon’s cloud for free, providing access across devices. The software costs $49. In order to get your books into digital format, you’ll have to actually scan them using a standard flatbed or other type of computer scanner, which means doing things two pages at a time at most. It’s also limited to U.S. customers for now.
29.07.14. Apple acquired book discovery site BookLamp. Apple acquired book recommendation service BookLamp, known as Pandora of books. It connects readers to books they would enjoy using its Book Genome technology. The platform is capable of breaking a single book down into thousands of separate data points that tell you what the book is about, and why or why not it may be suitable for you. Apple will presumably use the company's technology to improve its own book store, iBooks, which houses more than 2 million free and paid book titles. BookLamp.org has since shut down its service, but here's a look at what we know about the company and its technology.
18.07.14. Amazon launched own ebook subscription service Kindle Unlimited. Amazon is launching an all-you-can-read subscription ebook service Kindle Unlimited to compete with firms like Scribd and Oyster. The service is only available in the U.S. for now. Kindle Unlimited will allow to choose from a selection of about 640,000 ebooks and read as many as you want for $9.99 per month. In addition to offering over 600,000 ebooks, Kindle Unlimited is also by far the most cost-effective way to enjoy audiobooks and eBooks together. With thousands of Whispersync for Voice-enabled audiobooks to choose from, you can easily switch between reading and listening to a book, allowing the story to continue even when your eyes are busy.
11.06.14. Kindle app allows instantly upgrade text book to audiobook. Sometimes you want to read, and sometimes you want to listen. Amazon Kindle apps now let you switch to the Audible version with a single tap, provided you’ve paid for the audio upgrade of the book you’re reading. The audio upgrades start at $0.99 per title, but range up to around $3.99 or more for top-selling titles like “The Hunger Games.” Remember that you’ve already purchased the Kindle versions of these books, too, so it’s very possible that you’ll essentially be paying double for the same content, though in most cases the Audible upgrade is quite a bit cheaper. It’s a smart way to drive additional revenue from existing purchases for Amazon, but it’s also genuinely useful for people who have a mixed commute or a busy schedule and would like to continue “reading” even when they’re unable to do so.
22.01.14. Apple iBooks Textbooks Now Available in 51 Countries. Apple is expanding its educational service iBooks Textbooks into new countries as part of a continued push to dominate the global education market. iBooks Textbooks, which offers interactive digital textbooks, is now available in 51 countries in Asia, Latin America, Europe and beyond. Some of the new countries which now have access to the platforms include Brazil, Italy, Japan, Russia, Thailand and Malaysia. iBooks Textbooks allows publishes to create interactive, digital-native texts for students that can be accessed using the iBooks app on any Mac or iOS device “We can’t wait to see how teachers in even more countries will create their new lesson plans with interactive textbooks, apps and rich digital content," Eddy Cue, Apple's SVP of Internet Software and Services, said in a statement.
2013. Amazon offers Kindle 20% discount. Today Only!. Today is a good day if you’re looking to buy Kindle e-reader: Amazon is offering a 20% discount on a number of Kindle models.These are the Kindle models on sale:- Kindle e-reader (with e-Ink display) – $55.20 with special offers, $71.20 without- Kindle Fire HD 7” 16GB – $135.20 with special offers, $147.20 without- Kindle Fire HD 8.9” 16GB – $229 with special offers, $244 without- Kindle Fire HDX 7” 16GB Wi-Fi – $183.20 with special offers, $195.20 withoutAmazon is offering a number of revolving sales throughout the month, but it is unclear whether the Kindles will see another pre-holiday price drop after this. So if you were planning to pick one up and cross someone off your holiday gift list, today is a good day to do it.
2013. iBooks lost its bookshelf. Apple has finally updated its e-reader app iBooks (for iPad and iPhone) with an iOS 7-inspired design. The iBooks interface has been stripped of its real-world allegories like wooden textures and bookshelves. The new design is minimal, but without the multicolored partitions and significantly more depth through the use of shadows. iBooks app allows to download and read books. It includes the iBooks Store, where you can download the latest bestselling books or your favorite classics – day or night. Browse your library on a beautiful bookshelf, tap a book to open it, flip through pages with a swipe or a tap, and bookmark or add notes to your favorite passages.
2013. Amazon launches electronic literary magazine for Kindle. Amazon launched an electronic magazine Day One, which will publish the work of one writer and one poet each week. An annual subscription will normally be $19.99 but is $9.99 for “a limited time.” Issues will be delivered automatically to your Kindle or Kindle app and “each issue of Day One includes a letter from the editor, as well as occasional bonus content such as playlists, illustrations, or brief interviews with the authors.”Amazon plans to showcase the work of debut authors and translate stories from around the world into English. The first issue appeared Wednesday with the short story "Sheila" by Rebecca Adams Wring and "Wrought," a poem by Zach Strait.
2013. Amazon launched new Kindle app with collections. We just released a major update to our Kindle for iOS app. The app is optimized for iOS 7 and features an all-new new design, as well as Collections feature, which make it easy for users to organize their books, documents, and magazines. You can add a book to multiple collections – for example, put A Game of Thrones in “My Favorites” as well as “Fantasy Epics”. But these collections are not synced with the collections you create on your e-reader device. As usual, in the Kindle iOS app you customize your reading screen, quickly highlight important sections, and the X-Ray feature lets you see the “bones of the book” and learn more about notable characters, places, and phrases with descriptions from Shelfari.com and Wikipedia.
2013. Apple iBooks app is now available on OS X Desktop. Apple has ported its ebook buying and reading app iBooks to their new version of OS X, Mavericks. iBooks has long been the “third” ebook store after Amazon’s Kindle store and Barnes&Noble’s Nook. This move increases the app’s visibility on the desktop and allows users to purchase books on one platform that are available to read on mobile devices. The desktop app allows to arrange books into collections, swipe between pages and drop into “night mode” to reduce eye strain in the dark. The app also supports interactive aspects of iBooks books.
2013. Amazon wants to create used ebook marketplace. Amazon recently won a patent to create a marketplace where people can sell their used (read) ebooks. Of course, ebooks don’t suffer from wear and tear, but think of the resale process as more of a way to transfer your book licenses. Amazon’s technique of reselling supposes that Amazon book is downloaded to a new device as the old one is deleted from the original owner’s bookshelf. Kindle users can currently “lend” ebooks, which then disappear from your device as your friend holds the copy in their digital libraries. But why not earning on this? The only question is - will Amazon loose its profits if users will buy cheaper books from their buddies, instead of going to the Kindle store.