Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Apple: This Hard to Find Evidence Suggests You Should Release iBooks for Mac OS X

Top Free in the Mac App Store
Look at the image on the left of the Top Free apps in the Mac App Store. Notice anything?

Number 1 with a bullet is iBooks Author. Look further down. Number 5 is Kindle. That's like oil and water. You know what would be nice to have as Number 1 or Number 2. iBooks! iBooks Author and iBooks are two tastes that taste great together.

I can think of reasons why Apple might not release iBooks for Mac OS X, but none of them make much sense to me. If Apple wants to take on Amazon and Kindle for eBook supremacy, they have to broaden the reading platform off of just iOS.

I would have bet real money that iBooks for at least Mac OS X was going to be released at the Education event. Clearly I would have lost big.

I'd like to be able to read iBooks on Mac OS X, even if it's just for the occasional reference. Clearly the Mac App Store proves Kindle book readers aren't just reading on their Kindles.