jkentner wrote:Why is the touchpad app not like the iPad app in that your books are separate from the app as far as updates?
Primarily for historical reasons I believe. The app was initially developed for the original Palm Pre/Pixi with webOS 1.x. It works as is, and only needed relatively minor modifications for the newer platforms (but with the content still bundled into the app). To change the way it works now would probably require significantly re-writing much of it, so it's in effect a choice between maintaining something that works now on all webOS devices versus developing something new that might work better in the future, probably only on the newer devices, and only after volunteers spend a great deal more time on it (if they even have the time/inclination to do so). That makes it kind of a tough call unless someone is really fired up about it and willing/able to put in all the extra work necessary.
Of course anyone with more info can feel free to correct me, that's just basically what I've concluded based on previous discussions.
There's also the question of getting the content into the correct format and into the app, and whether that's really sustainable long-term, but for now I'm mostly happy that we're able to run Gospel Library on webOS at all. It could become increasingly less useful over time if content isn't able to be updated in a timely fashion, so it would be great if it were improved to allow for external content updates.