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    Quote Originally Posted by Deafjeff, post: 199866
    What kind of books they have in ibooks? I just had my itunes updated in time for ipad but could not find anything related to ibooks.

    Anything with Saga of seven suns?
    Yes. Several of those are there and there's a Kevin J. Anderson author page that lists 23 of his books available in the iBook store.

    Quote Originally Posted by Deafjeff, post: 199867
    Probably. At least initially. I'm sure it will be very similar to the iTunes stores when they first came into being. First in the US, then later to the rest of the world. I feel pretty safe in saying that I'm sure Apple will get with the publishers and get any differences worked out. There's far too big a revenue stream available with this thing to keep it from moving forward for too long.

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    Fab re Anderson but grrr re ibook in the UK...

    If the ipad is in the UK at the end of this month, how long would the Ibook be ready I wonder.....




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    Quote Originally Posted by Deafjeff, post: 199881
    Fab re Anderson but grrr re ibook in the UK...

    If the ipad is in the UK at the end of this month, how long would the Ibook be ready I wonder.....
    I imagine we'll have a better idea of that after the end of the month!

    Tom (... it'll get there!)

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    not impressed with apple...... having a second thought now :-(




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    Apple are and always have been VERY US-centric Jeff. A lot of the things they've done over time have been better in the US And rather an after thought in the UK. It does sting I admit.

    However, Tom's totally right. The ibook store will come to the UK as soon as they possibly can. The money will be irresistable to them. We still have to find out the ipad prices over here yet! As well as 3g data plans and so on.

    So Tom!!!! any updates? for say reading/posting on here, answering email, is it pretty amazing?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Keith, post: 199887
    Apple are and always have been VERY US-centric Jeff. A lot of the things they've done over time have been better in the US And rather an after thought in the UK. It does sting I admit.

    However, Tom's totally right. The ibook store will come to the UK as soon as they possibly can. The money will be irresistable to them. We still have to find out the ipad prices over here yet! As well as 3g data plans and so on.

    So Tom!!!! any updates? for say reading/posting on here, answering email, is it pretty amazing?
    Maybe I am a bit naive here but always assumed that the ibook option would be ready at the time of purchase. I am gutted as that was one of the reason for the purchase...

    Now I am not sure if I should wait until they roll out the ibook or buy it anyway ho hum....




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    Quote Originally Posted by Deafjeff, post: 199889
    Maybe I am a bit naive here but always assumed that the ibook option would be ready at the time of purchase. I am gutted as that was one of the reason for the purchase...

    Now I am not sure if I should wait until they roll out the ibook or buy it anyway ho hum....
    Well it still could be out on day of launch given the day of launch isn't till the end of this month at best. My guess is they'll try hard but not get it there quite in time but they'll have it next month (june latest)

    To be honest though, if you're REALLY after it for the book capability it would make sense to wait until the book store comes out
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    Quote Originally Posted by Keith, post: 199887
    Apple are and always have been VERY US-centric Jeff. A lot of the things they've done over time have been better in the US And rather an after thought in the UK. It does sting I admit.

    However, Tom's totally right. The ibook store will come to the UK as soon as they possibly can. The money will be irresistable to them. We still have to find out the ipad prices over here yet! As well as 3g data plans and so on.

    So Tom!!!! any updates? for say reading/posting on here, answering email, is it pretty amazing?
    I'm back on my Mac at the moment. My iPad's resting. They only come partially charged and I exhausted the poor thing.

    Is it amazing? Absolutely!

    Takes a bit of getting used to (but not much). The keyboard layout is a little different from the iPhone. Not bad. Just a little different. However, I've found that I can type very quickly on it. The only issue is as I mentioned before, that it lags somewhat. In technospeak, it feels like you fill the buffer and then it's got to pause for a moment while it drains it. Of course, you're still typing but nothing's showing. I'm sure it's something that will get resolved post haste!

    The apps for it however are beyond belief. I mentioned the mail app earlier and I still stand by what I said. The one I didn't mention however, it the Photo app. I still can't believe how good this is!

    Open your photos in the Photo app (it's just called Photos, BTW) and there are all your photos. Now, what's cool is to touch the "faces" or "location" tab at the top of the page. For instance with "Faces", there's each of the people you've identified with a pile of photos over the name. A quick open pinch flick expands the pile into individual photos aligned neatly across your screen. A quick pinch flick back in turns them back into one of the piles. The whole thing reminds me of watching some of the current TV shows where the detectives, CSI's, etc. have a big, transparent computer screen that you can see thru. They then "throw" pictures, files, whatever around on the screen. It's that same kind of concept and feeling. Just on a real device instead of a TV studio set.

    The iPhone applications look a little strange in that they display their original phone type screen in the middle of all that glass. There is an X2 button for them that blows their display up to 2 times it's normal size. They run, and run fine. They just look a little strange. I'm sure that won't last too long as developers upgrade their apps for the iPad.

    All in all, I'm very pleased with it and impressed with the applications. Especially the ones that Apple has provided that are specially for the iPad. These are absolutely unbelievable!

    With these kind of apps working the way they do, it wouldn't take much for me to believe that we're on the cusp of a new computing pardigm (I do so hate that word!).

    That's enough of my techno babble!
    I'm done now.

    Tom (... early adopter #1)

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    Superb review Tom!

    How much space are you using on it? I'm wrestling with which version to buy when it's eventually out
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    Quote Originally Posted by Keith, post: 199898
    Superb review Tom!

    How much space are you using on it? I'm wrestling with which version to buy when it's eventually out
    I wrestled too! The big one won!

    I'm glad it did!

    Of 59.2 Gig available, I've used 28.3 Gig. Got 30.9 Gig available.

    I have 1217 songs, 99 videos (several Disney and Pixar cartoons, 2 full length movies; Up and WallE, all the Fawlty Towers episodes and numerous video podcasts, and iTunes U videos), 3296 photos, and 21 applications.

    So, still plenty of room for growth. But I'd much rather have room to grow in rather than wishing I'd gotten the larger one. Had I gotten the 16 Gig, I would've had to decide what NOT to put on it. If I'd gotten the 32 Gig one, I'd be almost full right now. Nope. Glad I got the 64 Gig one!

    BTW - watching the videos on it is totally immersive. You ever been totally immersed in Fawlty Towers? It's an experience not to be missed!

    'Scuse me... gotta go. I believe Manuel has set fire to the kitchen!

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