A publisher, John T. Colby, bought a series of old titles and sold under the name iBooks in since 1999. Around the same time, Apple sold laptops under the iBook name and, more important, began its iBook store in 2010. Colby is stating that Apple has essentially destroyed his business and that:
â€œAppleâ€™s use of the mark â€˜iBooksâ€™ 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 plaintiffsâ€™ â€˜ibooksâ€™ and â€˜ipicturebooksâ€™ marks and render them virtually worthless.”
The books include these titles from Byron Preiss, among others.