Long before iPad this and mobile that, the late Byron Preiss came up with a lot of notable advances in comics publishing, including comics on CD-ROM — we laughed then, but it wa just ahead of its time. Preiss’s publishing efforts included an imprint called ibooks, which published books by Joe Kubert among others — over a thousand titles in all.
The Preiss estate was left in bankruptcy after his abrupt death in 2005; remaining assets were purchased by John Colby in 2006.
And now the other legal shoe has dropped, as Colby is suing Apple over the term iBooks . Apple does own the trademark for iBook and iBooks, but Colby claims that Apple had never previously used the term for book sales until 2010.
“Apple’s use of the mark ‘iBooks’ to denote the electronic library that can be accessed via its iPad tablet computer and its iPhone is likely to overwhelm the good will of plaintiffs’ ‘ibooks’ and ‘ipicturebooks’ marks and render them virtually worthless,” the lawsuit says.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.