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iBooks Gift Cards Spotted

In case you were looking for an add on for that iPad you were planning on giving this year, Apple has apparently added a nifty new iTunes gift card format to the lineup.  It’s been relabeled as an iBooks gift card for those who maybe prefer to focus on books rather than other media within the iTunes Store.

iLounge spotted that Apple started selling gift cards for its iBookstore, in the form of and choices.

They note:

Based on an Apple Support Discussions thread from earlier in the year, it appears as though users were able to purchase standard iTunes Gift Cards for use in the iBookstore; the new cards remove any ambiguity customers may have had about whether or not an iTunes GC would be usable in the iBookstore, and will likely be popular add-ons to those purchasing iPads as a gift.

They also made mention in their report that while the new cards are available within Apple’s retail stores, they have also been spotted within Target as well.

Just to clear up any possible confusion though, the new gift cards function just the same as regular iTunes Store gift cards, which allow users to buy any iTunes Store, App Store, or iBookstore content that they want.  The new format is just so potential gift givers can focus on giving the gift books versus a regular iTunes Store gift card.  Apple has also offered up App Store gift cards in the past, that allowed for access to all content as well.

Tablet Optimized Android OS Could Be In The Cards

One of the great things about Google’s Android OS is that with its open platform, hardware manufacturers can slap it on any device they darn well please. They can modify it to suit their needs and skin it to their heart’s content.

But this is also one of the rotten things about Android. If pushed too far, the OS might still boast top-level functionality, but can often lose much of the stability and flexibility it had when Google let it out of the gate. If you cram Android into a device it’s not meant for–a tablet computer, for example–plenty of important features, such as the ability to use third-party applications available in Android Market, will simply refuse to work.

We’re sure you’ll agree that this sort of thing simply won’t do. Fortunately, our sister site TechRadar has some good news for those of you eagerly waiting to tap and swipe your life away on something other than an iPad. Google has indicated that a tablet optimized version of Android is in the works.

While Google hasn’t been caught speaking directly about the fact that an Android solution for tablets will be available soon, TechRadar has managed to connect a few dots for us. Google has indicated that they’re looking to produce a new version of Android for tablets that will provuide users with the “right experience” when shopping at the Android Market. The search engine giant figures that the best way to sort the problem out is to provide manufactuers with an OS solution geared towards use on a tablet computing device, rather than simply “blowing up” the mobile version.

There is no word on when an official announcment might be made by Google, but we’ll defintely keep you posted, at least to poke some fun at it.