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Digital Reading Room: Dollars and sense

Holiday shopping eating into your budget for app downloads? Not to worry -- three of our four offerings this week won't cost you a dime to download.

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Apple ebook settlement with EU will allow Amazon to set prices

Apple and four other ebook publishers have settled an antitrust battle with the European Union.

Digital Reading Room: Ghosts of Christmas present

Our regular look at content-rich apps takes on a holiday flare, as we explore a mobile adaptation of a classic Charlie Brown special, examine other Christmas-themed apps, and consider the best mobile versions of Charles Dickens's holiday tale.

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Hands-on with iBooks Author 2.0

New version offers simplified tools, new templates, portrait-only options, and more publishing goodness.

Weekly Wrap

Weekly Wrap: Giant Apple event, miniature iPad, and medium-sized Macs

This week, Apple announced a slew of new products for you to spend your hard-earned money on, we took a look at some great new software and hardware, and what week would be complete without us showing you how to do things that you've never done before.

Hands on with iBooks 3

Among its many Tuesday announcements, Apple introduced iBooks 3. Senior writer Lex Friedman went hands on with the updated app to check out the changes.

iBooks 3.0 debuts at Apple's "Something more to show" event

Apple on Tuesday announced the newest version of its ebook reading software for iOS devices.

Kindle-exclusive ebooks get lots of business

Kindle-exclusive books have been purchased, downloaded or borrowed more than 100 million times, Amazon announced Tuesday.

iBookstore introduces welcome support options for publishers

When it comes to electronic publishing, the waters of ebook creation are murky and deep, full of confusing exceptions, varied formats, and non-existent support. But despite these problems, publishers may now at the least be able to seek solutions from Apple itself, thanks to a new telephone support option from the company.

TED Books brings popular lectures to iOS

TED Books hit the App Store last week, an app that promises to unleash a new idea-driven book to users every two weeks. The app is free to download, but there is a subscription fee for the books.

Hands-on with Reading Rainbow for iPad

The new Reading Rainbow for iPad app, which launched Tuesday, isn’t merely an exercise in nostalgia: It wants to create a new generation of readers using videos, multimedia, and a Netflix-style subscription plan.

Amazon updates Kindle for iOS with support for comics, book search

Amazon on Thursday released updates to both the Kindle iOS app and the Web-based Kindle Cloud Reader, adding support for comic books, graphic novels, and more.

Apple recognizes Mac and iOS apps with 2012 Design Awards

On Monday at WWDC, Apple handed out its annual Apple Design Awards to excellent iOS and Mac apps.