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Book Palette for Mac offers 10 beautiful templates for iBooks Author

iBooks Author has but a limited selection of templates, so Jumsoft has released Book Palette, a Mac App that offers 10 additional stylish and modern templates for your with the promise to bring more. Although these templates are ready to use and don't need to be changed, the ability to customize them to your liking is possible so that you can tweak them to fit your desired style.

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Goodnight iPad

Goodnight iPad: a Parody for the next generation, by Ann Droyd (ha!) is a cute little twist to the bedtime story, Goodnight Moon. Today's children have iPad's, iPhones, computers, and all sorts of gadgets and electronics, so this book is about saying goodnight to these items instead of the traditional ones in Goodnight Moon.

Now go grab a cup of hot chocolate and join me around the fire for a reading of this modern bedtime story!

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Apple preps 12 Days of Christmas promotion with iPhone and iPad app

Apple has released their 12 Days of Christmas app a little early this year. The promotion will run between December 26 and January 6 but Apple hasn't put any content in there just yet.

You and your friends can download a fantastic selection of songs, music videos, apps and books for free. Each download will only be available for 24 hours. Get our special 12 Days of Christmas app to make it even easier to access your gifts while you’re on the go.

Don’t have an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch? Don’t worry. Come back 26 December to download gifts from your computer.

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Steve Jobs biography officially the #1 selling book on Amazon for 2011

The official biography of Steve Jobs authored by Walter Isaacson has made its way to number one among books sales from Amazon for the entirety of 2011, despite being released late in the year.

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EU investigates Apple, eBook publishers for anti-competitive behavior

According to Bloomberg, the European Union Anti-trust regulators will be investigating Apple, along with five of the major eBook publishers, for possible collusion to help stifle competition within the eBook marketplace.

The European Commission in Brussels today said it opened a formal probe to examine whether the publishing groups and Apple, maker of the iPad tablet computer, engaged in agreements that would harm competition in the 27-nation EU. The probe will examine deals between Apple and Lagardere’s Hachette Livre, News Corp.’s Harper Collins, CBS Corp.’s Simon & Schuster, Pearson Plc’s Penguin and Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck GmbH.

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Rumpelstiltskin HD - A 3D Children's Interactive Storybook [Kids Corner]

the classic Grimm Brothers' fairy tale, Rumpelstiltskin, is now available on the iPhone and iPad as an interactive storybook. All scenes feature 360º viewing and tapping on objects and characters will result in animations and dialog.

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Talking to Siri: Learning the Language of Apple's Intelligent Assistant

The inimitable Steven Sande and extraordinary Erica Sadun of TUAW fame have put together an Amazon Kindle book designed to help us help Siri help us.

This short, focused book teaches you how to use Siri from the ground up. You'll learn how to achieve the the highest recognition rate as you talk. You'll discover which categories Siri responds to and find out how to make the most of each category in your conversations. You'll discover practical how-to mixed with many examples to inspire as well as instruct.

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Top 5 ways to enjoy Halloween with iPhone, iPad, and iTunes

Looking for some last minute ways to get your Halloween gruesome on? To zone out with zombies, lose your head with horsemen, read about vampires that burst ever-so-properly into flame, and otherwise get more monstrous this weekend? Well, since you have an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad, you're covered! From App Store to iTunes Store to iBookstore, and with a hellish dose of Netflix and Amazon thrown in, you'll never go brain-hungry again.

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Be part of the Cinderella Story with with Cinderella animated picture book for iPad [Kids Corner]

Nosy Crow has released their newest animated storybook, Cinderella. It's the same story that we've all grown to love, only this version allows you to add your child's picture to the magic mirror!

What a great way to add more excitement to this classic story! Growing up, I had a book that was personalized with my name and loved it, but that's nowhere near as cool as having your face included the story! I can't wait to read this to my niece - I know she'll love it.

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New and updated iPhone and iPad apps for Monday, September 26

Every day, TiPb gets flooded with announcements for new and updated iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad apps and games. So every day we pick just a few of the most interesting, the most notable, and simply the most awesome to share with you!

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