Don't be surprised if you have to answer this question from an inquisitive child someday: “Is it true, Grandpa, that people once read books on paper?”
That time may still be a ways off, but it somehow doesn't seem far-fetched anymore. Apple is among the tech companies that are major proponents of the electronic-books revolution.
Don't get us wrong; we love physical books as much as anyone and are in no way urging their imminent demise. But we also recognize the real-world benefits behind Apple's digital publishing efforts — and those by companies such as Amazon (which manufactures what is, for now, the market-leading Kindle electronic reader). As you discover in this chapter, the Kindle plays a role on the iPad mini as well.
For its part, the iPad mini makes a terrific electronic reader, with its compact portability, color, and dazzling special effects, including pages that turn like those in a real book.
We open the page on this chapter to see how to find and purchase books for your mini, and how to read them after ...