I began using this application when I realised English Literature was my calling and a lot of reading was in my future. As it's free it's easily accessible to anyone with an apple device, even mac users can use iBooks with the Mavericks update.
The app itself is really easy to use, the iBookstore is easy to find right from opening the application. Simply browse to your heart's content in apple's very own library and purchase what you wish. In a matter of seconds the book is right there in your hand on and easily accessible platform where you can read it anywhere, anytime. It's especially handy for iPhone users as people will have their iPhone on them anyway, perfect chance to read a quick chapter on the tube or before you go to sleep at night.
The option to change the look of the text itself is incredibly useful, from font size to how you can scroll through the book (flicking to turn pages or scrolling down a continuous page) the options are clear and easily managed. The indicator at the bottom shows you how many pages are left in a chapter and how many are left in the book as a whole.
There is also feature to change it to night mode, this changes the white pages and black text to white text and black pages. This is helpful at night time when the bright white screen might be a bit harsh for those who've eyes have adjusted to the darkness. The night mode is a less conspicuous way of reading the books you love in the dark.
The books are easy to navigate, with links from the contents page to each chapter with the press of a finger. There is the ability to highlight portions and note them for later reference. This is helpful with textbooks or quotes from the books you love, making it as easy as it can to refer to them later.
The iBookstore is a comprehensive library of all the latest releases dating all the way back to the classics. It even features publications of classics for free such as Jane Eyre, Frankenstein or Romeo and Juliet. Read these classics with the press of a finger for free! Within seconds you can enjoy the words of shakespeare right from the word go. As well as featuring older books for free it also hosts a free book every week from a modern author, most of the time they won't appeal to you but every now and again you'll stumble across an absolute gem that'll have you flicking the pages ravenously as the hours go by.
When I got my iPad about 3 months ago, I downloaded iBooks to both my iPad and iPhone. I think it is a fantastic alternative to investing into an e-reader, especially because the app is free.
There are a wide range of books available on iTunes book store than will suit a lot of people's needs. The prices vary a lot. Some books are free, whilst others can go for up to £15. But, one thing that I love about iBooks is the fact that you can download a free sample of a book before you buy it, so you can decide whether you want to buy it or not. To buy books, you buy an iTunes card as if you were going to download an app. Then, you go into the iBooks app and click 'Store'. It will then take you to something similar to iTunes where there is a huge variety of books to choose from.
~The App Itself~
iBooks is a very good way to read a book. When you open the app, it looks like a book shelf, and all of your books are stored on there. You can also download PDF documents on iBooks and read them in the same way you can read books. When you open up a book, nearly the whole page is filled up with the book. At the bottom, it tells you how many pages are in the book, what page your on, and how many pages are left in the chapter you are reading. The standard theme is a white background with black writing, but you also get a sepia theme, which is a kind of yellowy browny colour background with black writing, and a night theme which is a black background with white writing. The night theme is very handy if you read in bed because it stops you from straining your eyes on a bright background. As well as this, you can set the brightness from the app itself, which saves you from having to go into the settings menu.
Another great feature is that you can change the font that the book is written in to make it easier for you to read. There are eight different fonts to choose from to suit your needs. Also, you can set the size of the font to make it even easier to read still. It is very user friendly and very easy to use.
You can read books portrait or landscape. If you read portrait, there is one page on the screen, but if you read in landscape mode, then it comes up with two pages on the screen, as if it were an actual book.
When you turn the page, you can see the page folding down and changing over, as if you were changing the page of a real book. This all makes it very realistic, and Apple have really thought of every little detail for this app.
Overall, I would definitely recommend this app for any one with an iPod touch, iPhone or iPad. It is a great substitute for an e-reader, and even for a real book! It's great.
The iBooks app allows you access to apple's online e-book store as well as a place to read the books you've downloaded. The app is free to buy and download from the Itunes store. You can search for books through categories such as 'Arts and Entertainment', 'Biography', 'Children's', 'Fiction and Literature', 'History', 'Reference', 'Sci-Fi and Fantasy' and 'Travel'. Just to name a few! You can also browse through charts of the top paid books and the top free books (yep, there are some titles available for free)!
As well as just search for a title if you have something particular in mind.
The store does hold similarities to Amazon and it's Kindle store. You can download a sample before purchasing the entire book, rate the book and read other customers ratings, read a quick summary of the book, see other books written by this author and also see what customers who enjoyed the book also liked. The books are competitively priced with recent books being around the £4-£5 and older or less popular books starting from just 99p. Although, as I've mentioned, you can also opt for the free books. Most of the free books, however, are the old classics which is something which doesn't appeal to everyone. There are also a number of, in my opinion, terrible books which I can only assume are free because no one would actually pay to read them.
The variety of books, however, is nowhere near as big as the books available for the Kindle. Of course, there are plenty of titles and you're bound to find a fair few which take your fancy but you're bound to find many more on the Amazon Kindle site!
Downloading a book works in the same way as buying things from the app store or Itunes. Log into your apple account and watch the book download to your phone before your very eyes. This takes about a minute, maybe longer if it's a bigger book.
All the books you have downloaded are nicely presented on a virtual bookcase which you are greeted with when you first open the iBooks app. You simply have to click on the book you wish to read to open it. If you've already started to read this particular book you can bookmark it meaning the next time you open it you'll be on the same page as you were when you left.
You can also adjust the screen brightness, font style and font size. You can decide whether you would like you hold your device horizontally or vertically simply by turning it, the pages turn with your phone. You can flick through the pages of the book by swiping your finger across your screen. It's all very simple and easy to use.
My personal reading experience with this app isn't all that great. With the customisation of font size and style along with the control over the brightness of the back light you can freely make reading as comfortable as possible. However, the fact remains that you are still reading from a screen. I like to read for long periods of time and, as I think we are all aware by now, looking at a screen for hours on end without a break is extremely bad for your eyes. I'm often getting headaches and squinting at my screen after fifteen minutes of reading.
The fact that you can control the back light would probably encourage a lot of people to read in the dark, particularly if you like to read before going to sleep. Again, this is not advised as it's extremely bad your eyes.
The app itself is good. There are a wide range of books for low prices which can easily be downloaded to your device. Carrying ten books in your iBooks app is also obviously a lot less bulkier than having the ten actual books. Then there is the added bonus of being being able to buy your book online and reading it straight away rather than having to wait for it arrive in the post.
The bookmark feature is very useful and the app in general is just really easy and simple to use.
Reading on a phone, however, is just not practical. The app on the likes of an Ipad is a little easier as the screen is so much bigger but it's still not healthy! I'm sure we've all felt the effects of prolonged reading from our computer screens. Tired, heavy and sore eyes combined with a headache. The effects are exactly the same when reading from your phone.
I know this review is for the app itself but I feel this information cannot be overlooked as there is no way of getting around it. It's great if you're only planning on reading small chunks of a book at a time, maybe 5-10 minutes. However many people read for much longer than this and so I don't think it's an ideal way to read at all.
This is apples store for ebooks and is a free application to download.
The books you can download through it are quite vast but it does not have the array of somethine like Amazon Kindle.
There are the main stream boks and most of the classics. Some are free and some paind, the paid ones retail at the same price as the Kindle so they are much the same really.
To read the books I do prefer Kindle just because it is smoother and somehow easier to read than the ibooks.
To read the book you select it and the side swipe the screen to turn the pages. It does have a nice little addition that the kindle does not have and that is a little page counter at the bottle of each page.
I love reading and do love having actual books however I have become hooked on ebooks especially on the iPhone.
You can have so many books on a small device and read them anywhere without having to lug a large book around. Also you do not have to wait for the book to arrive in the post. As soon as you order it it is down loaded to your device!
I really like ebooks and although this is not the best ebook app it is still very good and there are some very good books on there. However if you are just going for one ebook app then try the Kindle over this one!