Good news for last-minute Christmas shoppers (and authors): Apple's iBookstore now allows customers to gift specific eBook titles. According to The Digital Reader:
Gifting in the iBookstore works the same as in iTunes. Just choose the tile you would like to give, the gifting option from the dropdown menu (on OSX) or the Share button (on iOS), and then simply add the recipient’s email, the sender’s name, an optional brief message, and the date that the gift should arrive.
Amazon 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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You've finished your book and sent it to BookBaby for distribution. We've converted your file into an eBook. Now what? At this point, most authors are curious about when their eBooks will go live on the major digital retailers' sites. It's one of the most common questions we get asked.
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