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Cheap iBooks

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

Nowadays, consumers will generally have to spend about $12 to $14 per each iBook, which is a bit of a disadvantage, specially after forking over hundreds of dollars for the iPad itself. So where can iPad clients get cheap iBooks? iPad users might just have to wait and see.

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

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

Well known among other Apple goods like the iPhone and iTouch, the iPad can be "jail broken," which essentially enables code to be run on the product which is not certified by Apple. iPad users can then download several apps which are not made available through the iBookstore and Application Store to access various applications and other low-cost ebooks. iPad jail breaking will most likely be very typical among consumers.

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

As of currently, the Kindle app is one of the most well known software, with a Stanza application and Facebook application in the works. Whatever the case may be for the future of the Apple iPad, people are always going to be researching for low-priced ebooks. iPad clients will most definitely be searching for alternative solutions that the Apple iBookstore cannot deliver.


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