In this MacNotables podcast, Tonya talks with host Chuck Joiner about gizmos available at CES, how hardware ebook readers are breeding like bunnies, and where she thinks ebooks may be going in the future. She also speculates about the mythical Apple tablet. follow link
Thoughtful, detailed coverage of the Mac, iPhone, and iPad, plus the TidBITS Content Network for Apple consultants.
- ExtraBITS for 18 January 2010 (18 Jan 10)
Tonya Opines on Ebook Technology in MacNotables
Tonya, just listened to this podcast and Joe's recent TC new book. I hope you are going to work on the new iPad version of ebooks or is it safe to assume that the current PDF will be read easily? I think the iPad will be great with your ebooks as I can use them as reference while working on the MAC. I think the possibilities are great even though it is not cloth and fordable.
The current PDF will work fine in the iPad as is - my current favorite ebook reader on the iPhone is GoodReader. I like it because the internal links and Web URLs are hot, unlike most iPhone ebook reader apps. However, we are looking into what's required to get the ebooks for sale in the iBookstore and certainly plan to do so. Exciting times! (even if the iPad is not made of cloth... ;-) )
I just read the MacWorld article on the iPad from this morning. Infers PDF may not be available. That would be a dealbreaker for me. Hope to see the new TC books after MacWorld as you mentioned on Podcast.
Since the iPhone and iPod touch handle PDF just fine, I'd be shocked if the iPad didn't, though how the iBooks app itself will deal, I have no idea. GoodReader does an awfully good job of PDF on the iPhone, and it will undoubtedly work on the iPad too, if nothing else.