iBooks App Review
Reviewed on 04/09/2010 by

Our Rating: 100 /100 (★★★★★ )

iBooks App Review

The iBooks app is Apple’s official digital book reader and store solution. Why this app wasn’t just pre-installed with the iPad is beyond me. But being an official Apple app, you get all the quality and usability you expect from the tech giant.

iBooks organizes your digital reading in a bookshelf or standard list format at the home screen and presents a worthy alternative to Amazon’s Kindle device. The app comes pre-loaded with an illustrated copy of Winnie-the-Pooh, but the iBook Store also contains over 50 free classic books, including pieces from: Jack London, Dickens, Shakespeare and timeless pieces such as the Illiad.

The iBook store gives you the option of checking out featured books hand-picked by Apple’s editorial staff, the New York Times Best Seller’s list, and top charts for both paid and free books – much like what you see from iTunes or the App Store.

Reading is easy and settings are included for users to adjust the font, zoom, brightness, and background color for easy reading. At dimmer settings, the LED lighting was actually okay to read for extended periods of time as I caught up on Sunzi’s The Art of War.

The interface allows for dual-page viewing and really allows you to feel like you’re reading a hardcover book. Page transitions are smooth and non-disruptive. Users can quickly flip to the next page by quickly sliding your finger across the screen, but can also take a slower approach by dragging the page from one end to the other.

All in all, iBooks is essential for the iPad and really should have been pre-installed. So what I’m trying to say is, make sure you download iBooks! (App Store Link)

  • Audio playback available for select iBooks
Available for free at the Apple AppStore:


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