Apple iBooks vs Google Books
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.
Google Books is a service that searches the full text of books and magazines that Google has scanned, converted to text using optical character recognition, and stored in its digital database. Search and preview millions of books from libraries and publishers worldwide using Google Book Search. Discover a new favorite or unearth an old classic.
Latest news about Apple iBooks and Google Books:
20.09.16. Google Books will now make better suggestions on what to read next. Google Books aims to offer a better challenge to Amazon’s Kindle app when it comes to helping you find new things to read. The new feature called “Discover” is a new section in the Google Books application that will help point users to new content, including both personalized suggestions as well as other recommendations based on what’s currently popular with the wider community. It will offer up new stories based on what you read on Google Books. However, it will also automatically suggest books that are mentioned in an article or mentioned in a video you watch, elsewhere in the app – like in the new “Weekly Highlights” section.
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.
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.
20.10.15. Google Books project ruled legal by U.S. appeals court. A decade-long legal battle looks to be finally coming to an end. A U.S. appeals court said that Google's book scanning project, Google Books, doesn't violate copyright law, Reuters reports. The decision comes after the Authors Guild, along with some non-guild-affiliated writers sued Google in 2005, claiming the company's project would negatively impact their revenue. The Authors Guild sued Google in 2005 claiming lost revenue, with a lower court in New York ruling in favor of Google in 2013. Google, for its part said its work would help increase author revenue by exposing potential customers to works they might not have been familiar with. The 2013 decision was upheld by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York on Friday, finding that Google's publishing of excerpts qualified as Fair Use and were in the public interest.
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.
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. 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. Google Books survives the copyright fight. The eight-year-long legal battle between Authors Guild and Google Books has finally come to the end. New York, US Circuit Judge Denny Chin said the book scanning amounted to fair use because it was “highly transformative” and because it didn’t harm the market for the original work. “Google Books provides significant public benefits,” Chin wrote, describing it as “an essential research tool” and noting that the scanning service has expanded literary access for the blind and helped preserve the text of old books from physical decay. Chin also rejected the theory that Google's online book database was depriving authors of income, noting that the company does not sell the scans or make whole copies of books available. He concluded, instead, that Google Books served to help readers discover new books and amounted to “new income from authors.” The Authors Guild has now the option of appealing the ruling.
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.
2012. Flipboard adds book discovery via Apple iBooks. Flipboard is the social magazine app that connects to your social networks and adds your favorite sources for an instantly personal magazine, containing news, articles, audio and video content. And now - books. Flipboard started as an iPad app, and looks like it still makes friends with Apple more than with Google or Kindle or Nook. Because, the new books category serves only as a portal to Apple’s iBooks store with its 1.5 million books. Each book in Flipboard offers a synopsis and an iBook link, so readers can readily purchase a must-read for their iBooks library. The new category launched with tailor-made bookshelves for the United States, Canada, the U.K., Brazil, Australia, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Italy and Spain. Naturally, it sounds like Android Flipboard users won't see the new category.
2012. Apple iBooks 3.0: vertical scrolling, book updates, social reading. Today Apple has unveiled the new version of it's book reading app iBooks 3.0. And it's going to change the world and beat Kindle with the help of continuous vertical scrolling. At least, that's what Apple fanboys saying. Thanks God, the "old" turning pages method is still available. Other new features are much more usefull. First of all it's the ability to receive free updates to existing books (like chapter additions, corrections and more). That makes books living documents, so that users can have stuff kept current. Of course, this is aimed primarily at education books. Besides, iBooks users can now also share favorite snippets and passages to their respective Twitter and Facebook accounts.