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1. ‘Mean Streak’ Joins iBooks Bestsellers List

Mean Streak by Sandra Brown has joined Apple’s Top Paid iBooks in the U.S. this week at No. 2.

Apple has released its top selling books list for paid books from iBooks in the U.S. for week ending 8/25/14. If I Stay by Gayle Forman continues to lead the list.

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2. ‘Biology’ Joins iBooks Bestsellers List

Biology by Joseph S. Levine & Kenneth R. Miller has joined Apple’s Top Paid iBooks in the U.S. this week at No. 6.

Apple has released its top selling books list for paid books from iBooks in the U.S. for week ending 8/18/14. If I Stay by Gayle Forman continues to lead the list.

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3. ‘Outlander’ Debuts on iBooks Bestsellers List

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon Apple’s Top Paid iBooks in the U.S. this week at No. 1.

Apple has released its top selling books list for paid books from iBooks in the U.S. for week ending 8/11/14. If I Stay by Gayle Forman continues to lead the list.

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4. ‘If I Stay’ Leads the iBooks Bestsellers List

If I Stay by Gayle Forman leads Apple’s Top Paid iBooks in the U.S. this week at No. 1.

Apple has released its top selling books list for paid books from iBooks in the U.S. for week ending 8/4/14. Zero Day by David Baldacci debuted on the list this week at No. 2.

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5. ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Leads the iBooks Bestsellers List

Fifty Shades of Grey by EL James is leading Apple’s Top Paid iBooks in the U.S. this week at No. 1.

Apple has released its top selling books list for paid books from iBooks in the U.S. for week ending 7/28/14. If I Stay by Gayle Forman also made the list this week.

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6. Apple Buys Book Recommendation Startup BookLamp

Apple has reportedly purchased the book recommendation engine BookLamp, in a deal whose terms were not disclosed.

Apple confirmed the acquisition to TechCrunch, stating: ”Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans.”

BookLamp.com did not confirm the acquisition, but left a thank you message for its community on the site. “As of today, though, the BookLamp.org site – which has served as a technology demo for the Book Genome Project – will no longer be available as our company evolves its mission.”

The Book Genome Project helps readers discover new books based on similar titles. If it is adopted into iBooks, the tool could help Apple’s eBook platform improve its recommendation experience.

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7. Judge Not Satisfied With Apple eBook Settlement

U.S. District Judge Denise Cote is not satisfied with the settlement that requires Apple to pay $450 million to  put an end to the eBook price fixing case.

Reuters has the scoop: “…she found ‘most troubling’ a clause requiring Apple to pay only $70 million if an appeals court reversed her finding that the company is liable for antitrust violations and sent it back to her for further proceedings.”

Apple was found guilty of eBook price fixing in July 2013. The company agreed to the settlement to avoid a trial after losing a number of appeals.

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8. Apple to Pay $450M in eBook Settlement

Apple has agreed to pay $450 million in damages to put an end to the eBook price fixing case. The company agreed to the settlement last month, but terms of the deal were just disclosed this week.

The Washington Post has more: “The settlement, which would provide $400 million for consumers, is conditioned on the outcome of a pending appeal of a New York federal judge’s ruling last year that Apple was liable for violating antitrust laws. A ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit in New York reversing the judge could, under the settlement, either reduce the amount Apple pays to $70 million, with $50 million for consumers, or eliminate payments altogether.”

Apple was found guilty of eBook price fixing in July 2013. A trial was scheduled for this July to determine the damages that Apple would have to pay. Apple lost an appeal in the eBook judgement back in February, and had since been pushing to delay the trial.

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9. ‘Act of War’ Debuts on iBooks Bestsellers List

 Act of War by Brad Thor has debuted on Apple’s Top Paid iBooks in the U.S. this week at No. 2.

Apple has released its top selling books list for paid books from iBooks in the U.S. for week ending 7/7/14. Invisible by David Ellis & James Patterson and The Silkworm and The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith aka JK Rowling also made the list this week.

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10. ‘Unbroken’ Joins iBooks Bestsellers List This Week

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand has debuted on Apple’s Top Paid iBooks in the U.S. this week at No. 2.

Apple has released its top selling books list for paid books from iBooks in the U.S. for week ending 7/7/14. Invisible by David Ellis & James Patterson and The Silkworm and The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith aka JK Rowling also made the list this week.

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11. True or false? Ten myths about Isaac Newton

By Sarah Dry


Nearly three hundred years since his death, Isaac Newton is as much a myth as a man. The mythical Newton abounds in contradictions; he is a semi-divine genius and a mad alchemist, a somber and solitary thinker and a passionate religious heretic. Myths usually have an element of truth to them but how many Newtonian varieties are true? Here are ten of the most common, debunked or confirmed by the evidence of his own private papers, kept hidden for centuries and now freely available online.

10. Newton was a heretic who had to keep his religious beliefs secret.

True. While Newton regularly attended chapel, he abstained from taking holy orders at Trinity College. No official excuse survives, but numerous theological treatises he left make perfectly clear why he refused to become an ordained clergyman, as College fellows were normally obliged to do. Newton believed that the doctrine of the Trinity, in which the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost were given equal status, was the result of centuries of corruption of the original Christian message and therefore false. Trinity College’s most famous fellow was, in fact, an anti-Trinitarian.

9. Newton never laughed.

False, but only just. There are only two specific instances that we know of when the great man laughed. One was when a friend to whom he had lent a volume of Euclid’s Elements asked what the point of it was, ‘upon which Sir Isaac was very merry.’ (The point being that if you have to ask what the point of Euclid is, you have already missed it.) So far, so moderately funny. The second time Newton laughed was during a conversation about his theory that comets inevitably crash into the stars around which they orbit. Newton noted that this applied not just to other stars but to the Sun as well and laughed while remarking to his interlocutor John Conduitt ‘that concerns us more.’

8. Newton was an alchemist.

True. Alchemical manuscripts make up roughly one tenth of the ten million words of private writing that Newton left on his death. This archive contains very few original treatises by Newton himself, but what does remain tells us in minute detail how he assessed the credibility of mysterious authors and their work. Most are copies of other people’s writings, along with recipes, a long alchemical index and laboratory notebooks. This material puzzled and disappointed many who encountered it, such as biographer David Brewster, who lamented ‘how a mind of such power, and so nobly occupied with the abstractions of geometry, and the study of the material world, could stoop to be even the copyist of the most contemptible alchemical work, the obvious production of a fool and a knave.’ While Brewster tried to sweep Newton’s alchemy under the rug, John Maynard Keynes made a splash when he wrote provocatively that Newton was the ‘last of the magicians’ rather than the ‘first king of reason.’

7. Newton believed that life on earth (and most likely on other planets in the universe) was sustained by dust and other vital particles from the tails of comets.

True. In Book 3 of the Principia, Newton wrote extensively how the rarefied vapour in comet’s tails was eventually drawn to earth by gravity, where it was required for the ‘conservation of the sea, and fluids of the planets’ and was most likely responsible for the ‘spirit’ which makes up the ‘most subtle and useful part of our air, and so much required to sustain the life of all things with us.’

6. Newton was a self-taught genius who made his pivotal discoveries in mathematics, physics and optics alone in his childhood home of Woolsthorpe while waiting out the plague years of 1665-7.

False, though this is a tricky one. One of the main treasures that scholars have sought in Newton’s papers is evidence for his scientific genius and for the method he used to make his discoveries. It is true that Newton’s intellectual achievement dwarfed that of his contemporaries. It is also true that as a 23 year-old, Newton made stunning progress on the calculus, and on his theories of gravity and light while on a plague-induced hiatus from his undergraduate studies at Trinity College. Evidence for these discoveries exists in notebooks which he saved for the rest of his life. However, notebooks kept at roughly the same time, both during his student days and his so called annus mirabilis, also demonstrate that Newton read and took careful notes on the work of leading mathematicians and natural philosophers, and that many of his signature discoveries owe much to them.

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5. Newton found secret numerological codes in the Bible.

True. Like his fellow analysts of scripture, Newton believed there were important meanings attached to the numbers found there. In one theological treatise, Newton argues that the Pope is the anti-Christ based in part on the appearance in Scripture of the number of the name of the beast, 666. In another, he expounds on the meaning of the number 7, which figures prominently in the numbers of trumpets, vials and thunders found in Revelation.

4. Newton had terrible handwriting, like all geniuses.

False. Newton’s handwriting is usually clear and easy to read. It did change somewhat throughout his life. His youthful handwriting is slightly more angular, while in his old age, he wrote in a more open and rounded hand. More challenging than deciphering his handwriting is making sense of Newton’s heavily worked-over drafts, which are crowded with deletions and additions. He also left plenty of very neat drafts, especially of his work on church history and doctrine, which some considered to be suspiciously clean, evidence, said his 19th century cataloguers, of Newton’s having fallen in love with his own hand-writing.

3. Newton believed the earth was created in seven days.

True. Newton believed that the Earth was created in seven days, but he assumed that the duration of one revolution of the planet at the beginning of time was much slower than it is today.

2. Newton discovered universal gravitation after seeing an apple fall from a tree.

False, though Newton himself was partly responsible for this myth. Seeking to shore up his legacy at the end of his life, Newton told several people, including Voltaire and his friend William Stukeley, the story of how he had observed an apple falling from a tree while waiting out the plague in Woolsthorpe between 1665-7. (He never said it hit him on the head.) At that time Newton was struck by two key ideas—that apples fall straight to the center of the earth with no deviation and that the attractive power of the earth extends beyond the upper atmosphere. As important as they are, these insights were not sufficient to get Newton to universal gravitation. That final, stunning leap came some twenty years later, in 1685, after Edmund Halley asked Newton if he could calculate the forces responsible for an elliptical planetary orbit.

1. Newton was a virgin.

Almost certainly true. One bit of evidence comes via Voltaire, who heard it from Newton’s physician Richard Mead and wrote it up in his Letters on England, noting that unlike Descartes, Newton was ‘never sensible to any passion, was not subject to the common frailties of mankind, nor ever had any commerce with women.’ More substantively, there is Newton’s lifelong status as a self-proclaimed godly bachelor who berated his friend Locke for trying to ‘embroil’ him with women and who wrote passionately about how other godly men struggled to tame their lust.

Sarah Dry is a writer, independent scholar, and a former post-doctoral fellow at the London School of Economics. She is the author of The Newton Papers: The Strange and True Odyssey of Isaac Newton’s Manuscripts. She blogs at sarahdry.wordpress.com and tweets at @SarahDry1.

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12. ‘Blood Feud’ Debuts on iBooks Bestsellers List

Blood Feud by Edward Klein has debuted on Apple’s Top Paid iBooks in the U.S. this week at No. 18.

Apple has released its top selling books list for paid books from iBooks in the U.S. for week ending 6/30/14. Invisible by David Ellis & James Patterson and The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith aka JK Rowling also made the list this week.

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13. ‘The Silkworm’ Debuts on iBooks Bestsellers List

The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith aka JK Rowling has debuted on Apple’s Top Paid iBooks in the U.S. this week at No. 2.

Apple has released its top selling books list for paid books from iBooks in the U.S. for week ending 6/23/14. Top Secret Twenty-One by Janet Evanovich and All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner also made the list this week.

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14. ‘Written in My Own Heart’s Blood’ Joins iBooks Bestsellers List This Week

Written in My Own Heart's Blood by Diana Gabaldon has debuted on Apple’s Top Paid iBooks in the U.S. this week at No. 4. Apple has released its top selling books list for paid books from iBooks in the U.S. for week ending 6/16/14. Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman and Hard Choices by Hillary Rodham Clinton also made the list this week. We’ve included Apple’s entire list after the jump. continued...

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15. Apple Settles eBook Price Fixing Case

Apple has settled a civil class-action lawsuit about eBook price fixing. The Wall Street Journal has the scoop: "In a letter to U.S. District Judge Denise Cote, Steve Berman, an attorney representing consumers and some U.S. states, said Apple and the plaintiffs reached an agreement in principle. The exact terms of the settlement are under seal and need to be approved by the court. The plaintiffs had been seeking $840 million from Apple, claiming that the company overcharged consumers by $280 million for e-books and that it should have to pay three times that amount." Apple was found guilty of eBook price fixing in July 2013. A trial was scheduled for this July to determine the damages that Apple would have to pay. Apple lost an appeal in the eBook judgement back in February, and has since been pushing to delay the trial.

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16. Paula: L'alphabet/The Alphabet--Letter A

Here's something I posted on my blog, as well as here....

This is from a while back, a personal project. I wanted to do an alphabet. And the never-ending question for me is in regards to style: Cartoony? Stylized? Loosy-goosy-esque? (Whatever THAT means!). But in time, place and history, I made it look like this. So without further ado, I give you the letter "A", featuring an alligator eating and apple, of course!


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17. L’alphabet/The Alphabet: Letter A

Posting some work from a while back, a personal project. I wanted to do an alphabet. The never-ending question for me is in regards to style: Cartoony? Stylized? Loosy-goosy-esque? (Whatever THAT means!). But in time, place and history, I made it look like this. So without further ado, I give you the letter “A”, featuring an alligator eating and apple, of course!

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18. 5 Facts About E-Book Publishing Every Author Should Know

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19. Apple May Get to Delay eBook Damages Trial

doj304Apple has gotten a U.S. appeals court to consider delaying its eBook price fixing July trial.

Reuters has the story: “The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York said in a brief order on Friday that a three-judge panel will hear Apple’s argument on why the trial should be put on hold while it appeals a judge’s ruling that it conspired with five publishers to raise e-book prices. The judge, U.S. District Judge Denise Cote in New York, had denied Apple’s request to postpone the trial on Wednesday. Cote ruled last year after a non-jury trial that Apple had conspired with the publishers in an effort to impede competitors such as Amazon.com Inc.”

Apple was found guilty of eBook price fixing in July 2013. Since then the judge ordered a trial to determine the damages that Apple would have to pay. Some estimate that Apple could pay as much as $840 million in damages. Apple appealed the eBook judgement in February, but a federal appellate court rejected Apple’s request.

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20. ‘The Target’ Tops iBooks Bestsellers List

Screen Shot 2014-04-29 at 6.10.29 PMThe Target by David Baldacci has debuted on the top of Apple’s Top Paid iBooks in the U.S. this week.

Apple has released its top selling books list for paid books from iBooks in the U.S. for week ending 4/28. Veronica Roth still has a stronghold on the list, with three books on the list.

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21. ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ Leads the iBooks Bestsellers List

JohnGreen304The Fault in Our Stars by John Green has moved up to the top position of Apple’s Top Paid iBooks in the U.S. this week.

Apple has released its top selling books list for paid books from iBooks in the U.S. for week ending 5/5. The Target by David BaldacciAlpha by Jasinda WilderInsurgent by Veronica Roth and The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt also made the list.

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22. ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ Leads the Top Paid iBooks List

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green continues to lead Apple’s Top Paid iBooks in the U.S. this week. Apple has released its top selling books list for paid books from iBooks in the U.S. for week ending 5/12. Unlucky 13 by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro; Field of Prey by John Sandford; and The Target by David Baldacci also made the list. We’ve included Apple’s entire list after the jump. continued...

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23. Is Apple fighting back against Amazon/Comixology with DC Comics special?

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When Amazon purchased leading digital comics provider Comixology and subsequently removed in-app purchases from Comixology on iOS devices to avoid paying Apple a 30% cut, the big question was whether Apple would notice and act or not. Motley Fool has a typical think piece on the matter here.

While Comixology absolutely put digital comics on the Apple map—CX was the #1 grossing non-game app on iPads, and Apple had definitely started chatting up some digital comics content providers—the total amount of money involved may not have been a painful loss to Apple. For instance, using back of the envelope math, Motley Fool guess that digital comics were a $75 million a year business, and Apple’s cut of that would be $22.5 million. Not exactly chump change, but really little more milk money for the oft inscrutable behemoth that is Apple.

However, a Beat correspondent just forwarded a promotional email from iBooks with the headline “Comics: Injustice Issues Free + Series Starters” which offers an iBook store deal on Injustice Among Us, which has been one of the top selling digital comics for months and months. As you can see from the screen shot, Apple is offering the first issues of both Injustice and Injustice Year Two as “jump on” issues. They also have special “starter” sections for Marvel, Dark Horse and IDW— all publishers with their own apps run via Comixology. Here’s the hype:

The DC Universe goes through a seismic shift after Superman faces a shocking tragedy. In this popular series, the last son of Krypton enforces peace on Earth by any means necessary, forcing the world’s heroes to decide if they’re with him — or against him.

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Get the first issues of both Injustice and Injustice: Year Two free for a limited time.


Individual issues of Injustice are still 99 cents. Graphic novels are at the ebook price, not the Amazonian deep discounts. So yeah maybe Apple wants to stay in the comics sale game?

That potential $22.5 million in revenue may not even be the biggest enticement for Apple to get into the game via iBooks, but rather the chance to stick it to rival Amazon. In the wake of the Comixology/Amazon deal, we hear publishers are looking for other e-outlets in at least a casual fashion, and Apple would make a pretty good replacement date for the tablet prom. And a war to see who could sell more digital comics between Amazon and Apple, would be pretty much a dream scenario for any medium.

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24. ‘I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings’ Joins iBooks Bestsellers List

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou has debuted on Apple’s Top Paid iBooks in the U.S. this week at No. 3. Apple has released its top selling books list for paid books from iBooks in the U.S. for week ending 5/26/14. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green leads the list followed by City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare. We’ve included Apple’s entire list after the jump. continued...

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25. Judge Allows Retailer to Sue Apple & Publishers in Price-Fixing Lawsuit

Australian eBook retailer DNAML will be able to proceed in a lawsuit against Apple and the five agency publishers which alleges that DNAML's business was hurt due to the 2010 eBook price fixing scandal led by the tech company and the publishing houses. Judge Denise Cote has allowed the case to proceed despite challenges from Apple, Hachette, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Macmillan and Penguin. Publishers Weekly has the scoop: "Although Cote in her opinion said proving damages was going to be difficult 'in the extreme' for the DNAML, she held that the plaintiff’s case met the standard to proceed. But while Cote suggested that proving damages might be difficult, she added that DNAML’s 'lost investment,' in its business 'may be reasonably quantifiable.'"

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