iBooks Lost the Sale

Fanboy that I am, I still level the occasional criticism against Apple when I feel that it’s warranted. For example, I recently noticed that not only is it not possible to gift books (those that you’d read in iBooks on your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad), it’s not even possible to search for, preview, or purchase books in iTunes.

You can get a link to a book by using the Tell A Friend feature in iBooks, but attempting to use that link on anything but an iDevice will — when iTunes is launched — result in a message that the book is not available in the iTunes store.

I’ll still be getting the book I want for Christmas, but the gift giver will be purchasing the Kindle edition through Amazon (who has finally made those books giftable). Sorry, Apple, but you’ve missed an opportunity here, which is particularly egregious given the season.