Apple iBooks vs Google Play Books
Latest news about Apple iBooks and Google Play Books:
24.10.16. Google Play now allows to gift e-books. Google Play Books has issued a small update to their Android app that allows users to gift e-books. You simply need to navigate to one of the books on your homepage or within the Play Books Store and click on the three dots. There is an option to gift the e-book to someone with an existing account and they will get instantly notified that you have sent it and gives them detailed instructions on how to read the book within the app.
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.
17.12.15. Google Play Books makes it easier to read at night. If you’re a night reader on your mobile device, then you know that it’s hard to get tired with the bright screen burning your eyeballs. This of course isn’t a problem with physical books, as you can add a soft light to the room to wind down. Google Play Books wants to emulate that softer experience with a feature it calls “Night Light.” As the evening goes on, it gradually filters out the blue light from your screen, replacing it with a warm, amber light as the sun sets, to make flipping through pages more comfortable. Night Light automatically adapts to the amount of natural sunlight outside based on the time of day, giving you just the right temperature and brightness. The color adjustment is more comfortable on your eyes and greatly improves low-light night reading.
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.
13.11.15. Google improved Comic Book reading in Play Books for Android. Google launched an upgrade to its Google Play Books app for Android that will make it easier to read comics on your phone and tablet. Reading comics (or graphic novels, if that’s more your thing) on small screens has never been ideal. The new reading experience on Android (with iOS support coming soon) will pop up when you are in landscape mode. In this mode, you can now easily scroll through a story with just vertical swipe. Google also introduced personalized comic recommendations to make it easier to find similar series, as well as a set of curated series pages for comics in the Play Store.
31.10.14. Google Play Books’ new reading mode lets you browse huge ebooks faster. Google has just updated its Google Play Books eReader application with a focus on efficient reading. The new Skim mode allows you to zoom between pages in an endless stream rather than forcing you to flip through page by page. Quick Bookmarks lets you set multiple saved spots in the book and quickly jump back and forth between them — perfect for when you’re required to refer to some reference table 200 pages away from what you’re trying to read. You can now view all of your notes and highlights on one page and quickly jump to the correlating passages. The study benefits there are pretty obvious.
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 Play to sell and rent digital textbooks. In August Google will start selling and renting digital textbooks through the Google Play Books store. Google said it’s working with the five largest textbook publishers and that students would be able to purchase digital textbooks or rent them for up to six months. It also said that prices would be “up to 80 percent” off print list prices, which is the same claim that Amazon makes on Kindle textbook rentals. Google is already selling a few digital textbooks through the Play store, but they’re not from the big publishers and they are not available for rental. Getting into the textbook market helps Google compete against Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Apple, all of whom have already entered the digital textbook space.
2013. Google Play Books is Now Available in 9 More Countries in Europe. The world’s second most slowly expanding ebook store Google Play Books made some progress this week with the launch of new local ebookstores in 9 more countries: Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Netherlands, Poland, Romania and Sweden. Back in late June Google Play Books expanded to Portugal, Austria, Ireland, and Belgium. Google's eboo kstore is now available in 26 countries from the US to Russia to Australia. It primarily sells Epub and is actively encouraging Epub3 and discouraging any other ebook format.
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. Google Play Books now allows users to upload own ebooks. The recent update to Google Play Books Android and iOS apps allow users to upload up to 1,000 PDF and EPUB files to their Google Play accounts. Files can be uploaded from users' computers or imported from Google Drive, as long as the files are less than 50MB in size. Once uploaded to the library, the files will be readable on the Web, as well as Android and iOS phones and tablets, the Web giant announced Wednesday. The files' page positions, bookmarks, and notes will then be syncable among each desired device, allowing users to continue reading where they left off when they switch devices. The feature should give Google a leg up on Apple iBooks, which currently doesn't support user-uploaded content.
2013. Barnes & Noble integrates Google Play into Nook tablets. Barnes & Noble is adding Google Play marketplace (including apps, music, videos and ebooks) and Google services (Google+, GMail, Youtube, Maps) to its Nook HD and HD+ tablets. As you know, Nook-tablets are Android-based, but this move seems a bit odd for a company that has a strategic partnership with Microsoft. However, Jim Hilt, Barnes & Noble’s VP of ebooks, said that the aim is to provide broader media ecosystem to Nook tablet users and B&N isn’t worried about Google books: “We’re incredibly confident that when people pick up a Nook device, they’re going to use the Nook shopping experience” he said.
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.
2012. Google Play Books app adds the power of Internet to reading. Google today has updated the Android app Google Play Books that allows to buy and read ebooks on your smartphone. The new additions will help you better explore your books and understand what you’re reading, using the power of the Internet. Now you can select a word and see it's translation to other languages or definition from the dictionaries. If this word - is a geographical location - you can see it on the map (Google Maps card). Besides you can highlight words and phrases and take side-note. Notes you make will sync between your phone, tablet and web, thanks to Google Play Books‘ cloud-based content.
2011. iriver Story HD - the first e-reader that allows to read Google eBooks. Google doesn't produce own e-reading device for it's Google eBooks, but from now there is a least one third-party e-reader that allows to read Google eBooks - iriver Story HD. It was specially optimized for this purpose by two companies. With the Story HD you can now browse, buy and read Google eBooks with your e-reader through Wi-Fi, rather than downloading and transferring them from computer to e-reader with a cord. The iriver Story HD, which costs from $139.99, is slim and lightweight with a high-resolution E-Ink screen and a QWERTY keyboard for easy searching. It includes over-the-air access to hundreds of thousands of Google eBooks for sale and more than 3 million for free.