How Best to Read Books on an iPad

At just less than six months since it was released, the Apple iPad has sold millions of units world wide and is currently touted as the fastest selling gadget in the world. Also, it has attracted a multitude of applications from developers around the world, and these apps seem to be reasonably priced. This revolution has made the iPad about the most versatile device available with owners using it for web surfing, document management, gaming and even as an e-reader. It is now in competition with the Amazon Kindle, the Sony reader and other e-readers out there. Let us inform you of the best way to utilize your iPad as an e-reader, by comparing the reader software capabilities.

The iPad has an advantage in that it offers several app options that can be used for electronic reading purposes, unlike the regular e-reader devices which have just one reading platform. So, you can become a bit more creative with using your iPad as an e-reader. We have tested the different apps available and this is what we experienced.

We focused on three iPad e-reader apps which function in a similar manner and can integrate into dedicated readers. We noticed that they were all at par and had their specific pros and cons. Any of the will serve you well at all times. The three apps include the Apple iBooks, Kindle’s iPad app and Nook from Barnes & Noble.

All three are free for the iPad and looks like they were modeled after the pioneer Kindle e-reader with direct access to an library. This library can consist of books you currently own and new titles available for purchase. Also, the three apps have their own dictionaries, notes entry and text highlighting capabilities including word search tools. Going further in terms of similarities, they can all remember the last page you read and pick up from there when next you start the app and allow you to clarify words and terms from your books using Wikipedia and Google Search.

The Apple iBooks seems to have the cutest design of all three with its virtual wooden book case and paper turning mimic as you move through the pages. The screen also splits into 2 to give you a real book feeling when you hold the iPad horizontally. Being a sibling to the iPad device, you do not need any web browser to get into the book store as the iBooks has an in-built bookstore with the app. The other two apps lack this function due to cost considerations with Apple’s terms and you have to make your book purchases through a web browser.

While the iBooks currently is able to handle PDF files on the iPad, the other two applications cannot do this. However, one big downside associated with the iBooks is it highly limited catalog of just about 130,000 titles, while the other two apps can boast of well over 500,000 titles each.

These are just a few of the upsides and downsides of the three apps. The good thing is that they are free, so you can try out all the non paying features and finally decide on a choice.

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