By Chintu Parikh
Apple today announced that their newest operating system, OS X Mavericks, is not only available for download but is also FREE for all applicable Macintosh owners. This announcement has a great upside for the iBooks market share, which is the third largest, especially for children’s eBooks and K-5 textbooks. Up until today, the iBooks app was available only on iPads, iPhones, and iPod Touches. This meant that most eBooks purchased from the iBookstore were only readable on those devices. However, with the introduction of OS X Mavericks, consumers can now read their iBooks on their desktops and laptops.
Once a Mac user has upgraded their computer to the latest OS X Mavericks software, they can download the free iBooks app and read their purchased eBooks from iBookstore directly on their Macs. Since OS X Mavericks will work on Macs dating all the way back to 2007, there are potentially 87 million Macs (sold since 2007 per Barefigures) that can benefit from this free OS upgrade and iBooks app. This is quite significant, especially for children’s eBook sales, since millions of Macs are deployed in primary and middle schools. Teachers and student can now read or project eBooks within the classroom.
I plan on upgrading to Mavericks and downloading the iBooks app in a week. I will post my Mavericks experience in the next post. What you you think? Let me know your thoughts.