Chances are good that you're holding a physical book in your hands right now as you read these words. Physical books are an awesome invention: They're portable, easy-to-use, and fully "show-off-able," whether being read on the subway or sitting on a bookshelf at home. Physical books aren't going away anytime soon, but the age of electronic books — eBooks — is upon us. Amazon's Kindle lit a fire under the eBook category, but it's clunky to use and tied to Amazon; the iPhone and iPod touch are actually the most popular eReaders today, but they're a bit too small. As you see in this chapter, the iPad fills in these gaps by being easy to use, by supporting an open eBook format, and by having a screen that seems tailor-made for reading books.
Installing the iBooks App 160
Getting Your Head around eBook Formats 160
Managing Your iBooks Library 163
Syncing Your iBooks Library 170
Reading eBooks with the iBooks App 171
Reading Other eBooks on Your iPad 174
In this chapter, I concentrate on iBooks, which is Apple's new eReader app. However, it's important to stress right off the bat that you're not restricted to using iBooks for reading eBooks on your iPad. Tons of great eBook apps are available (l mention a few of them at the end of this chapter; see the section on reading other eBooks on your iPad), so feel free to ...