Call me an old fogey, but I don't understand what the appeal of this Alice in Wonderland e-book is:
Okay. It's a book you can shake to make the pictures move around. And sure, kids will like it. Kids like most books you can fuck around with, like pop-up books and lift-the-flap books. But I can't quite understand why adults are so excited about it. It's a whole bunch of electronic hoodoo stuck to a public domain text. The more I look at these iPad books, the more I think I might get a Kobo e-reader instead; It's simple, cheap, eInk, and has absolutely no distracting elements.
In other news, Valleywag has a great post up about how Apple's recent app programmer rule changes will fuck over the media companies that have pinned all their hopes on the iPad:
But Apple's purge of impure programmers hurts the media companies too; their programmers tend to be Flash programmers, which is why both Sports Illustrated and Wired built their tablet demos in Adobe Air; although Time has since moved away from Adobe technologies, the idea at Condé Nast and other publishers had been to build using Adobe technologies like Flash and then cross compile to native iPhone/iPad code, a path that Apple has now banned.
In other words, now that Jobs has print media companies in his thrall, he's taxing them in order to displace rival Adobe.
Oh, well. Maybe the Google tablet will save print media.