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  •  And now proprietary textbooks (11+ / 0-)

    And now Apple is trying to corner the market on electronic textbooks so they would only be available on iPads. How wonderful it would be to have our school system locked into the devices made by one manufacturer. What an awesome company!

    •  Apple wants the schools to be a company town (5+ / 0-)

      where all textbooks go through Apple's profit centers.

      While textbooks have been a key profit center for publishers, Apple now wants to take over the field on its way to becoming the sole distributor of most textbooks.

      Apple is moving into an area that is vulnerable -- due to the overweening greed of textbook publishers who force students to buy texts at obscene rates.

      While I acknowledge the urgent need to curb the greedy pricing policies of textbook publishers, Apple's method of being the only place where textbooks can be purchased is not the answer either.

      I specifically object to Apple's software iBooks Author, which encourages massive amounts of creativity BUT the result can ONLY be sold in the IBook store. I support open source tools that open the market to many distributors. To use iBooks Author as it was released is to further Apple's goal of being a sole-source monopoly.

      •  This is just plain stupid (1+ / 1-)
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        Apple is a company, not a benevolent society.

        It isn't enough that the original diary blames Apple, out of dozens of major companies, for labor conditions and labor law in China, as if it dictated these (last time I looked, China was an independent country that writes its own laws, though not of course a democracy). Now they are to blame because the material authored with their software only feeds into their store. Why the hell shouldn't it? Are they supposed to be run as a charity? If you don't like this situation, then put forward a competitive product or arrangement. Don't just whine.

        When we are no longer children, we are already dead. (Constantin Brancusi) And whoever gave it, thanks for the gift!

        by sagesource on Sat Jan 21, 2012 at 06:23:49 PM PST

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        •  Who knew we'd ventured into an (8+ / 0-)

          Ayn Rand fan club?

          Fear is your only God.

          by JesseCW on Sat Jan 21, 2012 at 07:10:25 PM PST

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          •  They come out of the woodwork (2+ / 0-)
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            every time the subject turns to economics, especially matters of "supply and demand".

            They want you to believe that corporations are a force of nature, instead of entities that are entirely designed, created, organized and controlled by humans. They want you to believe that the best way to improve the game is to throw away the rulebook, remove the referees, erase the field and goal lines, and just let everybody have at each other.

            I think that's commonly known as a "barroom brawl", and only ends when everything is wrecked or one side is beaten to a bloody pulp or the sheriff (or somebody who is a Voice of Authority) steps in and makes them all stop.

            Mundus vult decipi, decipiatur

            by TheOtherMaven on Sun Jan 22, 2012 at 10:58:26 AM PST

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    •  Well, I don't know how you can call them (2+ / 0-)
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      proprietary. The books themselves would be more easily produced by just about anybody with the knowledge, just as iPhone apps are. You do have to upgrade to Lion to use the authoring software, but it is otherwise free.

      Moderation in most things.

      by billmosby on Sat Jan 21, 2012 at 03:41:16 PM PST

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      •  license requires (3+ / 0-)
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        that if you want to sell books created with the authoring system they must be sold through apple. You could export your book to an open publishing format but nearly none of the bells and whistles would work. Definitely coercive, imo.

        •  I hadn't read that far, thanks. (0+ / 0-)

          I suppose somebody will come up with something similar for Android-based systems as has happened with phone apps. Now if somebody tells me that Apple claims copyright to the books produced with their system, that would be worse.

          Moderation in most things.

          by billmosby on Sat Jan 21, 2012 at 08:42:48 PM PST

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