O'Reilly logo

iPad 2: The Missing Manual, 2nd Edition by J.D. Biersdorfer

Stay ahead with the world's most comprehensive technology and business learning platform.

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required

Chapter 8. Read iBooks & ePeriodicals

image with no caption

Books in easy-to-use, page-turning form have been around since the second century or so. Now, after a few years of false starts and dashed hopes, electronic books are wooing many people away from the world of ink, paper, and tiny clip-on book lights for nighttime reading. And as the eBook goes, so go eBook readers. The Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, and Sony Reader are among the big names in the eBook reader playground.

Enter the iPad.

With its glorious, high-resolution color touchscreen, the iPad takes the eBook experience to a new level. True, the Nook has a color screen and the Kindle is dramatically cheaper, but the iPad’s big bright display makes books, newspapers, and magazines look amazing. And turning the page of an eBook no longer involves one screen abruptly replacing another, either—it’s a fully animated re-creation of the page-flip on a real book.

The books themselves have evolved into interactive creations, with built-in dictionaries, searchable text, hyperlinked footnotes, and embedded notes and bookmarks that make the whole process of reading more engaging and efficient. So flip this page to see how much fun you can have reading books on your iPad in the 21st century.

Download the iBooks App

Before you can buy and read eBooks on your iPad, you have to do two things: recalibrate your brain, because Apple calls eBooks iBooks, and ...

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, interactive tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required