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You can’t seem to escape iPad news on the Internet. They’re everywhere! Reviews, videos of features, and even videos of iPads being smashed! Apple sold 300,000 iPads on the first day!

iBookstore App

I’ve entered several contests and still haven’t won one, of course. I would truly love to try one out… especially with the iBookstore app, but until I come into a windfall, I will have to add it to my wish list.

The app is free, but it’s disappointing that it is not compatible with iPod or iPhones. That means that only iPad users can take advantage of the Apple-created eReader and store.

It seems silly to me that they don’t have a version for other app-enabled devices, especially since Amazon and Barnes & Noble do have iPod/iPhone versions.Stories for HaitiDespite that iPod users are left out, the iBookstore managed to sell 250,000 eBooks on the first day of availability.

What about the Kindle?

Will this affect Kindle sales? My first instinct is to say no. The Kindle is offered at half the cost of an iPad and has a longer battery life. In my opinion, this will push serious readers in the direction of the Kindle.

As for competing with a netbook? That’s really dependent on what the buyer is looking for.

The iPad apps make it more of a multimedia device for gaming, watching video and other interactive ventures. A netbook would seem to be preferable for those looking for an easy-to-use keyboard for any activity that requires typing. Touch screen typing is not nearly as easy as it sounds.

 100 Stories for Haiti

“A collection of 20 unabridged stories.”

BBC Audiobooks America announced in their April newsletter that Stories for Haiti, a collection of 20 unabridged stories from the charitable work 100 Stories for Haiti, will be available later this month. A big thank you goes out to producers at Deyan Audio Services as well as narrators Simon Vance, Gerard Doyle, Sarah Drew, Rosalyn Landor, and John Lee for donating their time and energy to make this audiobook happen.

The audiobook will be priced at $9.95 and will be available for download from the iTunes store, Audible.com, Amazon, BN.com, and other online retailers. All proceeds from the sales of the book will be donated to the Red Cross.

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