Apple has a lot of great applications and iBooks is no exception. Interestingly, a lot of controversy surrounds the mysterious app, which we will briefly discuss in the following short article. iBooks is an app that allows you to download and read ebooks. Similarly, you can create a library of ebooks using this magnificent app.
To this day, schools organize trips to the library. However, interest in printed books is diminishing with the advent of the Internet, and thus, ebooks. Electronic books or ebooks require less space, do not accumulate dust and remain new indefinitely. Also, many great apps allow for the downloading and reading of ebooks.
In the latest versions of Apple’s iPhones, for example, iBooks is an integrated app (included on iOS with iOS 9 and on Mac with OS X Yosemite or later). Nonetheless, the app can also be downloaded from the App Store. The app allows you to fill your iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch or Mac with the countless books available.
Apple has had a couple of lawsuits regarding iBooks. One was concerning the trademark name, a lawsuit which Apple won. In June 2011, New York publisher John T. Colby sued Apple over the use of the term iBook. Colby claimed to have exclusive rights over the term as applied to published books, including ebooks. The judge ruled in Apple’s favour and said that no evidence was offered that consumers who use Apple’s iBooks software to download ebooks believe that Apple has also become a publisher of all the downloaded books.
Another suit was a class lawsuit which Apple lost and which meant that Apple had to repay four hundred million dollars in retribution for alleged price fixing and overpricing of books. The funds would be returned to consumers mostly through credit to their accounts, but there was also discussion of refunds by occasional cheques in the mail. Thus, Apple agreed to a settlement that would refund some of the cost of books sold between April 1, 2010 and May 21, 2012. Books that were a New York Times bestseller commanded a refund of $6.93, while all other books called for a return of $1.57. Both cases were supposed to double the amounts that consumers actually overpaid. The money would be credited to buyers’ accounts on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo and other ebook sellers, such as Apple’s iTunes. Apparently, Apple likewise had to pay a whopping fifty million dollars in litigation fees in relation to the case!
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