“Inside Apple” now available on iBookstore and Amazon

Adam Lashinsky’s Inside Apple: How America’s Most Admired–and Secretive–Company Really Works is now available as a hardcover or ebook download. Inside Apple brings readers behind the scenes of the world’s most valuable tech company and reveals business “secrets” that have allowed Jobs to stay one step ahead of the competition.

INSIDE APPLE reveals the secret systems, tactics and leadership strategies that allowed Steve Jobs and his company to churn out hit after hit and inspire a cult-like following for its products.

If Apple is Silicon Valley’s answer to Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, then author Adam Lashinsky provides readers with a golden ticket to step inside. In this primer on leadership and innovation, the author will introduce readers to concepts like the “DRI” (Apple’s practice of assigning a Directly Responsible Individual to every task) and the Top 100 (an annual ritual in which 100 up-and-coming executives are tapped a la Skull & Bones for a secret retreat with company founder Steve Jobs).

Based on numerous interviews, the book offers exclusive new information about how Apple innovates, deals with its suppliers and is handling the transition into the Post Jobs Era.

If you enjoyed Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs biography, and wish to learn more about Apple’s corporate culture, Inside Apple should be on your reading wishlist. You can pick up the ebook for iDevices via iBookstore or Kindle ereaders via Amazon, both of which sell for $12.99.

iTunes Inside Apple, by Adam Lashinsky – $12.99

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iBooks updated to 1.1 with iPhone support

Shortly after the release of iOS 4, Apple updated the popular iBooks app with v1.1 and it can now be enjoyed on an iPhone as well. Besides the universal support, this update allows users to add notes to their ebooks/pdfs AND wirelessly sync all bookmarks, notes and current page between all iDevices using the app. This feature alone could convince loyal Stanza and eReader users to make the switch over to iBooks. Here’s what’s new in 1.1:

  • In addition to iPad, iBooks is now available on any iPhone or iPod with iOS 4.
  • Open and read PDF documents from Mail. PDF documents will be added to your library and appear on the PDF bookshelf. You can even search PDFs for words or phrases and bookmark your favorite pages.
  • Take advantage of new ways to bookmark. In addition to highlighting a word or a passage, you can now also add notes or bookmark an entire page with the new page ribbon.
  • Keep your bookmarks, notes, and your current page wirelessly in sync between iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch with the new automatic bookmark syncing feature.
  • See your book pages in a new font, called Georgia.
  • Read your books on white or sepia colored pages.
  • Choose left or fully justified text layout from Settings.
  • Read pages with greater ease by increasing to even larger font sizes.
  • Enjoy greater stability and better performance.

If you’ve already purchased ebooks from the iBookStore (US only) on your iPad, you can re-download them on to your iPhone for free. And if you’re wondering how to convert and upload all your old (non-epub) ebooks onto iBooks with your iDevice running iOS 4, you can check out our previous tutorial right here (ebooks can be uploaded in the same manner as the iPad via iTunes).

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iPad Tutorial: How to read your old (non-ePub) ebooks using iBooks

Update: Our latest tutorial on how to use Dropbox and Calibre to store and remotely transfer ebooks to your iDevices is now up. You can check it out here.

Early adopters of the iPad already know that the device is not only great for surfing the web, playing “HD” games or watching movies on the gorgeous 9.7-inch IPS screen, but also for reading ebooks. Apple’s own e-reader app, iBooks, has been well received and its overall design makes it easy and enjoyable to read books on the iPad. It even allows you to upload non-iBookstore and DRM-free ePub documents/ebooks onto the app via iTunes. Unfortunately, iBooks only accepts the “industry standard” ePub format, meaning those with a collection of ebooks in various formats (LIT, MOBI, PDB, HTML, RTF etc) are out of luck.

While Stanza (my personal favorite) and other e-reader apps on the iPhone/iPod Touch do accept other ebook formats, there are currently none with dedicated iPad versions (meaning you won’t be able to enjoy them in full screen mode without the text becoming pixelated). As such, we’ll be taking a look at how to convert and transfer your existing non-epub ebooks/documents onto the free and very likeable iBooks app.

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CampusBooks.com and Vision Smarts Collaborate to Deliver iBookStore

Wavre, Belgium – CampusBooks.com and Vision Smarts are pleased to announce their collaboration and the resulting iBookStore 2.0 iPhone app. iBookStore 2.0 is an enhanced version of CampusBooks.com’s popular iBookStore app and is now powered by pic2shop, Vision Smarts’ leading-edge barcode-scanning technology. The final product is a free app that delivers real-time price comparisons – using integrated barcode-scanning – for users looking to buy and sell books.

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