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Apple Launches Twitter Account for U.S. iBookstore


Apple today stepped up promotion of its iBookstore by launching a new Twitter account to keep followers updated on new releases, special offers, and other details from the store, as noted in the account's debut Tweet. The account was created back in June, but Apple has just started using the account to send out Tweets today.
Welcome to the Apple #iBookstore on Twitter. Follow us to discover new releases, exclusive book offers, and more.
The account's second Tweet promotes Erin Morgenstern's "The Night Circus", which is being heavily promoted by Apple. Apple is currently featuring the book on the iBookstore's main page, and Starbucks has also stepped into the promotion by offering a free "extended sample" of the book through its recently-expanded Pick of the Week program.

Apple maintains a number of Twitter accounts to provide updates on new and featured content from the iTunes Store, with the App Store receiving its own account earlier this year. The iBookstore account is not listed as a verified account, but does appear to be official as it is one of only seven accounts being followed by Apple's App Store account. The other six accounts followed by @AppStore are official Apple accounts.

Apple is also increasing its ties with Twitter in other areas, having recently added Twitter and Facebook posting to its online store and bringing systemwide Twitter integration to iOS 5.

Update: The @iBookstore account is now officially verified as belonging to Apple.


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62 months ago
iOS blog, not front page.
Rating: 7 Votes
62 months ago
iBooks for OSX or GTFO!!!
:mad:
Rating: 6 Votes
62 months ago
iBooks is poor, compatibality-wise.

I buy my book once in the kindle Book store
Then, it can be read (with synced-saved bookmarks) on my:

PC at work
Mac at home
iPhone on the train
iPad at Starbucks
my wife's kindle in bed

Show me an iBooks book that can do that
Rating: 4 Votes
62 months ago
How about giving us an iPhone 5 tweet?
Rating: 2 Votes
62 months ago

iOS blog, not front page.


I agree, or maybe we could start a new one...page 17 rumors?
Rating: 2 Votes
62 months ago
Following the tech blogs is enough.
Rating: 1 Votes
62 months ago

What else would you expect from Apple though... Locked into their own devices...

But why dont they have a PC client? THey could work it into PC iTunes at least.


Part of the issue is that it's not even available on all of their devices. You can't read iBooks on macs, but you can read Kindle Books on macs. This seems rather ridiculous to me. Plus, none of Apple's devices are particularly good at reading in the sunlight, making iBooks useless for people who read while commuting, or in the park.
Rating: 1 Votes
62 months ago

iBooks is poor, compatibality-wise.

I buy my book once in the kindle Book store
Then, it can be read (with synced-saved bookmarks) on my:

PC at work
Mac at home
iPhone on the train
iPad at Starbucks
my wife's kindle in bed

Show me an iBooks book that can do that


I cannot understand why anyone in their right mind would purchase iBooks.

Most other sellers sell in standard formats, such as EPUB or MOBI, which can be easily transfered between platforms and devices.

With iBooks, you are locked to the iOS ecosystem, which means that if in a year or two you decide that another platform is better for you, your whole library becomes instantly obsolete.

Good for Apple, because it would deter users from switching platforms, but absolutely idiotic from a customer standpoint.
Rating: 1 Votes
62 months ago

I don't read a lot but I know the last handful of times I have gone to the iBookstore to look for a book it hasn't had it.

The selection seems ridiculously limited.

Does buying from the store lock you in? I have gotten ePub books from various locations and read them through the iBooks app so I assumed that the books you bought were also ePub... Is that not the case?


Apple touts the fact that it uses the open ePub format, but it does not use the standard Adobe DRM scheme.

Which means that non-Apple devices will not read books purchased from the iBooks store. So much for Apple's support for open formats and standards.... :rolleyes:

Also, Apple is in the habit of periodically blocking iBooks access on jailbroken devices, which means that if you jailbreak, you may find yourself waiting for the jailbreaking community to find a solution, before you can finish the iBook you were foolish enough to purchase.

Better off buying ePubs elsewhere.
Rating: 1 Votes
62 months ago

Following the tech blogs is enough.


Well, part of the value of twitter is that you can follow anything with a twitter account with little to no effort on your part, so it would even be rather painless to follow 100 tech blogs via twitter if you should choose to, just have to fight the wave of spam. With that said, I won't be following iBookStore.
Rating: 1 Votes

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