On Friday, October 24, Apple sent out emails to authors who publish books through iBooks notifying them of some noteworthy changes coming to the platform.
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.