Are you uncertain about the difference between a fixed layout eBook and a standard ("flowable") eBook?

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iBooks app for your desktopAmazon has a desktop reading app. Barnes & Noble has a desktop reading app. And now — or SOON (when they launch their new operating system this fall) — Apple's iBooks will have a desktop reading app too. Readers who've bought eBooks from iBooks on their iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch will be able to access those titles on their desktop — and any eBooks purchased from the iBookstore on their desktop will be readable on their iOS device as well. This is a big development for iBooks, as Apple recently announced that they control 20% of the eBook market — and greater accessibility to their catalog of almost 2 million books should only increase that share. For more information about the new iBooks desktop app, check out this story from MediaBistro.

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Not only do you have a wide selection when it comes to choosing an eReader, but you’ve also got plenty of options in the world of apps. Amazon and Barnes & Noble, in particular, have developed great iOS apps that allow iPad and iPhone users to access the Kindle and Nook stores when purchasing eBooks. They also attempt to closely mimic the Kindle or Nook reading experience on an Apple device.

To read an in-depth breakdown of eReader apps, check out “App Showdown: E-Readers” by J Keirn-Swanson from MacLife.com.

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Things are going well for author Tom Watson. He wrote a book for his kids called Stick Dog Wants a Hamburger. They liked it, so he wrote another, and another, and another. Then he signed up with BookBaby for worldwide distribution.

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Today, at a special announcement concerning the brand new iPad, Apple revealed that they’ve sold over 100 million eBooks through their iBookstore (for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch). It has not even been a full year since the iPad/iBooks launch in April, 2010 and Apple has already proven themselves to be a monster player in the electronic literature revolution.

The new iPad that Apple announced today will be a thinner, more versatile tablet, and its usefulness as an eReader is only increasing, with faster graphics processing and even lighter design.

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