Screen shot 2011-03-17 at 12.39.41 AMWhen Apple CEO Steve Jobs emerged from sick leave earlier this month for the blockbuster reveal of his second generation iPad, the first thing he wanted to highlight was the new gadget's appeal as an ebook platform.
Pacing the stage at San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Jobs announced that Random House had joined the list of 2,500 publishers that make iBooks available for use on the iPad. He also noted that Apple's digital book store store had logged more than 100 million downloads since launching last April--a "milestone" achievement, he boasted.
"We're really thrilled," the 56-year-old tech guru gushed.
Other observers of the media scene were a good deal more tempered in sizing up the shift to ebooks--but they still acknowledge that the new reading platform is gaining ground.Read More »from Are ebooks about to change everything in the long-form media world?