It’s the third day of Apple’s “12 Days of Gifts” promotion, and today the company’s offering Lonely Planet’s “Best in Travel 2014” iBook for free.
iOS 7 is a huge update, that includes a radical new design as well as a number of new features like smarter multitasking, Control Center, AirDrop, iTunes Radio and a lot more. This is a lot for the average iOS user to digest, which is why Apple has released iOS 7 user guides for iPod and iPad on the iBookstore.
In July, a federal judge found Apple guilty of conspiring with book publishers to raise the retail prices of ebooks when it launched the iBookstore. The judge has today followed up on that decision with an injunction that prohibits Apple from entering into “most-favored-nation” (MFN) agreements with publishers.
If you’ve bought an eBook published by Macmillan, Penguin, Hachette, HarperCollins or Simon & Schuster between April 1 2010 and May 21 2012 from a U.S. based digital store like iBooks Store, Kindle etc., then you’re likely to receive a $3 refund per eBook as a part of these publishers’ settlement in the eBook price fixing antitrust case.
Couple of weeks back, Apple started offering free content in the Apple Store app. The first app to be available for free was Color Zen, a puzzle game that is usually available for $0.99.
Apple has reportedly worked out deals with several large Japanese publishers to bring the iBookstore to Japan as early as this month. Apple is late to the party in Japan with Kobo, Amazon, and Google all having head starts, but with the market primed and ready for more ebooks, Apple has nothing to lose.