Random House publishers and iBooks

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Soulcrux, Apr 19, 2010.

  1. Soulcrux macrumors 6502

    Soulcrux

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    Apparently, Random House is the only major publisher not in with the iBooks idea.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303912104575164160878744870.html

    They seem to think that holding out for a "price war" will benefit them.

    This is stupid.

    Some of my favorite books are by Random House (Hitchhiker's Guide, Dan Brown books, etc). In preperation for my iPad 3G, i've been looking up my favorite books/books i already own so that i already know what to get when i get it. Lo and behold-No Random House. And you know what that means?

    I have to resort to torrenting my favorite books.

    Nice logic there, Random House.
     
  2. Zepaw macrumors 65816

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    When Kindle iPhone app came out it brought me back to buying books. I have no desire to buy a book for $20+ dollars, if electronic books ever raise up too close to store prices I will stop buying any books.
     
  3. Soulcrux thread starter macrumors 6502

    Soulcrux

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    Speaking of kindle, they actually have randomhouse on there. But I don't want to splinter by book collection- I want to keep it all on iBooks. It's prettier, works better, and its native.
     
  4. samcraig macrumors P6

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    iBooks isn't native. It's made by Apple - but it's an App just like Kindle is. Works better? Debatable.

    At least with Kindle/Amazon you can share books across devices
     
  5. PhoneI macrumors 65816

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    While I like the Kindle app, I just find the iBook experience better.
     
  6. H00513R macrumors 6502a

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    I don't mean this in a negative way (I love the book), but why is everyone on this site so enthralled with the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy? I've seen it referenced in so many posts/avatars/wallpapers. Just interesting.
     
  7. samcraig macrumors P6

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  8. gwynne macrumors 68000

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    It's a SciFi-parody classic, but more importantly the "Guide" referenced in the title was sort of an electronic book. Not wholly unlike an iPad.
     
  9. H00513R macrumors 6502a

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    LOL ya, I guess that's all the answer I need. :p

    Ooooh! I see now. I didn't make the iPad connection. ;) Thanks. I haven't read it in so long...
     
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  11. Soulcrux thread starter macrumors 6502

    Soulcrux

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    You're right, it isn't native. But it's first party.

    I don't have a kindle, and even though he feautyre exists: why would you ever read your kindle books on an iPhone/Blackberry/Computer? Just because a feature is there doesn't mean it's a good one
     
  12. samcraig macrumors P6

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    Why?

    Because I don't carry my iPad around with me. When I'm on the subway, bus or waiting for my fiancee to finish trying on an outfit or whatnot, I can read on my iPhone and it remembers where I was on any device. I also have a kindle. Which means when all I plan on doing is reading - I can turn it on and read it.

    Just because YOU don't see a use for it doesn't mean it's not a good one :)
     

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