I got here from Marc Bach’s Twitter feed.
I have to say, I’m not that impressed with Lion. It’s not bad, but (and I only have my own anecdotal experience) it doesn’t seem as fast or stable as Snow Leopard was.
People are unhappy with Apple’s iBook publishing restrictions. That’s fine, go use something else, it’s your choice. America is still a free country, built on competition and free enterprise and is (with the apparent exception of the auto and banking industries) a survival-of-the-fittest capitalist society. Apple is playing by the same rules as everybody else. The program is FREE people, they’re are entitled to try and make their money in any way they see fit. Once again, nobody is holding a gun to your head. It’s like the music publishers that whined about the iTunes store. “So we’re providing a legitimate avenue to BUY your music. You have to encode the tracks. That’s it. No media costs, no shipping, no maintaining brick & mortar stores, nothing!” You can either make 70% for doing NOTHING, or watch your industry collapse and get 0% for doing the same NOTHING. Take the 70% Apple is GIVING you and shut up…..
Apple doesn’t want to be a content company. Unlike the film and music industries, the textbook guys seem to get it. It’s going to happen whether you like it or not. So you can keep putting fingers in the dike, or you can climb onboard the company with the best boat. A company with a proven track record. A company that is a good partner and doesn’t want to take over your company. A company that expects and requires you to compete with your corporate peers. Apple could have bought every music publisher 10 times over by now, and they could have decimated the textbook industry if it chose to. But it doesn’t want to be a content company.