So many folks think that either iBooks has zero selection, or the app’s interface looks bad, or whatever. However, the types of books and the variety of books (much of which you wouldn’t find at your local bookseller) is refreshing.
Take, for example, the very slow rollout of one of my very favourite travel guidebook publisher’s catalog on the iBookStore: PassPorter Travel Press. PassPorter is a self-published series of guidebooks for Walt Disney World, Disneyland Resort, and Disney Cruise Line, and they also sell ebooks on specialized related topics such as PassPorter’s Disney Vacation Club, which talks about Disney’s timeshare operation. Only one PassPorter book is on the iBookStore right now, and that book is PassPorter’s Disney 500, which is essentially about 500 tips or thereabouts to help you plan your next Walt Disney World vacation. Price is $6.99 on the iBookStore. Once the PassPorter ebooks come onto the iBookStore, it’s only a matter of time until the main series of guidebooks (Walt Disney World, Disneyland, and Disney Cruise Line) also make it onto the iPhone and/or iPad in some way, shape, form, or fashion.
Now here’s another example: the Bread In Five series, which started with Artisan Bread In Five Minutes A Day and then there’s Healthy Bread In Five Minutes A Day! Artisan Bread In Five is actually on many ebook stores, including iBooks. But I haven’t seen ANY other ebook stores OTHER than iBooks carrying that title! And my guess is that the next bread book from Hertzberg & François, Pizza and Flatbread in Five Minutes A Day, will be exactly the same way.
Yes, there are problems with selection and whatnot, but overall, I much prefer iBooks to anything else at the moment. Apple really does need to work on its selection in iBooks, but I think that the fact that it’s tied to iTunes is a huge deal, especially for folks like me who need to start using very few online services!