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Cheap iBooks



One of the most notable dimensions that made the Apple iPhone so amazingly common was Apple's intelligent integration of downloadable software from its App store. Now, with the introduction of the new Apple iPad, Apple is looking like it will do the same thing in terms of iPad apps and iBook downloads from their iBookstore.

Right now, customers will generally have to pay about $12 to $14 per each iBook, which is a bit of a disadvantage, especially after forking over hundreds of dollars for the iPad itself. So where can iPad consumers discover cheap iBooks? iPad keepers might just have to wait and see.

Amazon's Kindle is the iPad's closest counterpart. At this time, there is an Amazon Kindle application for the iPad, which generally supplies iPad-specific features, like new page turning animations, a library view with pinch, zoom and scrolling support, and adjustable screen brightness.

But what about other 3rd-party developers? Surely there will be a huge market potential for cheap iBooks. iPad buyers are no doubt already scouring the net for methods to stay away from purchasing every single iBook one by one.

Popular among other Apple items like the iPhone and iTouch, the iPad can be "jail broken," which essentially enables code to be run on the unit which is not certified by Apple. iPad users can then download several applications which are not made available through the iBookstore and App Store to access various applications and other low-priced ebooks. iPad jail breaking will most likely be very typical among users.

Apple is predicting that there will be "a whole 'nother gold rush for developers if they build for iPad." And most people agree that the iPad will definitely create new opportunities for 3rd party developers.

As of today, the Kindle application is one of the most popular applications, with a Stanza app and Facebook application in the works. Whatever the case may be for the future of the Apple iPad, people are always going to be searching for cheap ebooks. iPad buyers will most definitely be looking for alternative solutions that the Apple iBookstore cannot deliver.


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