Is an iPad an “e-book viewer?” Jury to decide in Jeppesen app case Read more: Is an iPad an “e-book viewer?” Jury to decide in Jeppesen app case

JeppesenNow this is very interesting…

Does Apple’s iPad fall under the “e-book viewer” category?

A jury in Denver will be asked to make that determination to settle a high-stakes contract dispute between a small appmaker and Jeppesen Sanderson, the aviation-navigation giant headquartered in Englewood.

At the heart of the case is the Jeppesen FliteDeck app that thousands of pilots — including those with major carriers such as United and Frontier Airlines — now use on an iPad in the cockpit instead of heavy binders filled with paper flight manuals.

SolidFX claims its 2009 contract to develop apps for accessing Jeppesen’s terminal charts on e-book viewers encompasses the iPad, originally released in 2010. In fact, SolidFX says it chose the term e-book viewer rather than the more widely used “e-book reader” to cover “future devices that allowed for viewing of e-books that were suitable for the airplane cockpit.”

According to court documents, Jeppesen argues that “the iPad is not an ‘e-book viewer’ simply because a user can read an e-book on it any more than an iPad is a digital camera just because it can be used to take digital photos.”

Read the full article @ The Denver Post.

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Michael Sauers

Michael Sauers is currently the Technology Innovation Librarian for the Nebraska Library Commission in Lincoln, Nebraska and has been training librarians in technology for more than 15 years. He has also been a public library trustee, a bookstore manager for a library friends group, a reference librarian, serials cataloger, technology consultant, and bookseller. He earned his MLS in 1995 from the University at Albany’s School of Information Science and Policy. Michael’s twelfth book, Google Search Secrets (w/ Christa Burns) was published October 2013 and has two more books on the way. He has also written dozens of articles for various journals and magazines. In his spare time he blogs at, runs Web sites for authors and historical societies, takes many, many photos, and reads more than 100 books a year.

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