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Vector 51: State of the ebooks

Vector is a news and analysis show focusing on the biggest stories, hottest trends, and most important issues in technology, past, present, and future. On this week's show, Serenity Caldwell of Macworld joins Rene to talk about ebooks, how the creation and publication process has evolved, current features and limitations, tools, workflows, and formats, iBooks vs. Amazon, and where ebooks can go from here.

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How to restrict access to iTunes, App Store, and iBooks with parental controls for iPhone and iPad

Before letting a child or teenager loose with an iPhone or iPad, you may decide that you don't want them to be able to purchase content without your consent. If blocking in-app purchases isn't enough, you can completely limit their access to the App Store, iTunes, and iBooks through restrictions. This way they can't purchase any content without asking.

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What's on Joe's iPad right now!

I like to use my iOS devices as extensions of each other. The Home screen of my retina iPad mini in many ways mirrors the one on my iPhone because these are the apps that I want to have access to no matter which screen I'm using. I use one of Apple's iOS 7 wallpapers, and I keep only a few of Apple's stock apps on my screen, but they are the ones I use constantly.

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Apple agrees to pay $450 million to resolve ebook price fixing case

Apple has agreed to pay a total of $450 million to resolve its long running court battle with U.S. federal and state governments, which claimed that the company conspired to fix prices for ebooks that it published on the iPhone and iPad alongside five major book publishers.

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Get the D&D Basic Rules for free now!

A few days ago Wizards of the Coast made the D&D Basic Rules available as a free download in PDF format. For anyone who ever played Dungeons & Dragons in any of its incarnations, from Gary Gygax to TSR to now, from Greyhawk to Dragonlance to Forgotten Realms, to — well, you get the idea — the potential fun to be had is obvious. Best of all, you can download the straight into Apple's iBooks app if you'd like, or any other PDF-friendly app you might have installed on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac.

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iOS 8 wants: Comic book reading mode for iBooks

Okay, technically this is an iBooks wish rather than an iOS 8 wish but what better time to ask for something as amazing demonstrable as a comic book reading mode than when Apple's about to kick off their first Keynote of the year? And given the recent sale of comiXology to Amazon and the subsequent removal of IAP from the Comics app, when better for Apple to give their own comic book reading experience some attention?

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Apple releases iOS Human Interface Guidelines as a free book on the iBookstore

Apple has put its iOS Human Interface Guidelines (HIG) on the iBookstore as a free book. The book, which you can read in iBooks on an iOS device with iBooks 1.5 and iOS 4.3.3 or higher, as well as any Mac running Mavericks, contains 228 pages, and provides guidelines for everything from app layout and color to working with trademarks. Short videos and animations demonstrate different aspects of app design, such as the effects of a button press or pinch-to-zoom.

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Apple formally appeals ebook antitrust ruling - does it stand a chance?

Apple on Tuesday filed paperwork with the New York federal court to appeal a 2013 ruling that found the company in violation of antitrust laws regarding its iBooks publishing arrangements with major book publishers.

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Apple's iBooks court monitor stays in place, but there's a catch

Apple's been trying to stop court-appointed antitrust monitor Michael Bromwich, put in place last summer to oversee the company's efforts to comply with a ruling against it in the e-book price fixing case. Looks like they're going to have to get used to him, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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Apple expands electronic educational revolution to more countries in Asia, Latin America, Europe

iBooks Textbooks and iTunes U Course Manager, Apple's attempts to revolutionize education and bring curriculum fully into the digital age, are expanding into even more countries in Asia, Latin America, Europe. Eddy Cue, senior vice president of Internet Software and Services, Apple:

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