iBooks will fail because Apple are censoring content. When you upload a book to the iBook store it sits there for days and weeks waiting to be reviewed so it can go live.
I understand Apple want to keep the technical side of iOs clean and tight – that’s why we love it and trust it, but a technical review for iOs safety standards can be done in microseconds. YouTube does it a million times a day.
What Apple are actually doing is getting a small number of people to read the books and decide if they are the sort of thing they want to have on their platform. I think that’s called censorship – and that is the reason iBooks will fail.
By all means police the viruses and sloppy programming, but don’t police the content. In a few months time the Amazon Kindle Fire will be almost as good as the iPad and their version of iBooks author will be almost as good, just the same way that pc’s were almost as good as Apples. Almost is what most people will accepts ok at the right price.
The Fire will become the tablet and reader of choice, because you will be able to read what you like, when you like and not have to wait for the Goons at apple to decide if your grown up enough to read it yet.
I feel apple are loosing their grip again and Steve’s not going to come and save them again 🙁