I have been waiting to buy an eBook reader in anticipation of the iPad, so one of the most interesting apps to me is iBooks.
My predictions for iBooks:
- There will be an iPhone version.
- You will be able to drop in your own books.
There will be an iPhone version.
This one seems like a no brainer, yet no one has mentioned it. If you want a successful books store, distribute your portal to as many customers as you can. 30,000,000 people is a good starting point. By decoupling the iBooks store from the system software on the iPad, they are free to produce a truly universal binary that contains an iPhone version and an iPad version.
You will be able to drop in your own books.
Apple allows iPad apps to put documents in a certain directory which will be mounted on your computer when the iPad is plugged in. I’m predicting that all the books will go in there. The books bought from Apple will be DRM protected, but iBooks will work with any ePub book without DRM.
We’ll know more in 44 days. Do I really have to wait?