Apple sued for infringing ‘iBooks’ trademark

By on June 16, 2011 at 12:36 PM.

Apple sued for infringing ‘iBooks’ trademark

Apple’s strategy when it comes to much of its i branding has been pretty consistent to date: steal a name, wait for its trademark owner to complain, settle. The Cupertino-based company did it with “iPhone” and again with “iOS,” for example, and now it looks like “iBooks” will play out the same way. New York publisher John T. Colby purchased assets belonging to publisher Byron Preiss several years ago, and included in that buy were more than 1,000 books published under the “ibooks” name. Apple does own a trademark for “IBOOK,” but this trademark covers a PC the company used to sell — the “iBook” — and not books or electronic books. “Apple’s use of the mark ‘iBooks’ to denote the electronic library that can be accessed via its iPad tablet computer and its iPhone is likely to overwhelm the good will of plaintiffs’ ‘ibooks’ and ‘ipicturebooks’ marks and render them virtually worthless,” Colby’s lawsuit states. More →

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First Steve Jobs authorized biography to land in 2012

By on April 11, 2011 at 8:33 PM.

First Steve Jobs authorized biography to land in 2012

The first authorized biography about Apple CEO Steve Jobs is set to launch in early 2012, publisher Simon and Schuster announced on Sunday. The book, titled “iSteve: The Book of Jobs,” was written by Walter Isaacson, who began writing it in 2009. The Washington Post said Isaacson worked closely with Jobs and also interviewed family members, co-workers at Apple, and even those at Apple’s competitors. Isaacson is no stranger to writing; he’s written books about Albert Einstein and Benjamin Franklin, served as CEO at CNN, and worked for TIME. “This is the perfect match of subject and author, and it is certain to be a landmark book about one of the world’s greatest innovators,” said Simon & Schuster publisher Jonathan Karp. “Just as he did with Einstein and Benjamin Franklin, Walter Isaacson is telling a unique story of revolutionary genius.” More →

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Barnes & Noble announces Pubit!, new independent book publishing platform

By on May 20, 2010 at 6:10 AM.

Barnes & Noble announces Pubit!, new independent book publishing platform

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With e-books and eReaders on the rise, this decade may go down in tech history as the coming of age of the digital book platform. Barnes and Noble advanced this cause by announcing a new book publishing platform that targets the independent publisher and self-publishing writer. No longer required to sell your story to the major publishers, the Pubit! system will allow you to distribute your books via Barnes and Noble using the ePub format and B&N’s digital rights management technology. Published books will be distributed through B&N’s growing e-Book store and authors will be paid according to B&N’s yet-to-be disclosed royalty model and compensation process. With Amazon already entrenched in the independent publishing business and B&N now on its way, prospective writers should start penning typing their next novella as the world right now is your oyster. More →

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