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; Apple filled in these gaps by offering iBooks for the iPad, an app that's easy to use and supports an open eBook format, and the iPhone now has its own version of iBooks. The iPhone screen is a bit on the small side, but the new Retina display in the iPhone 4 renders text sharply and clearly, so reading books on the iPhone shouldn't be a chore. This chapter introduces you to eBooks on the iPhone.
Installing the iBooks App 248
Getting Your Head around eBook Formats 249
Managing Your iBooks Library 251
Syncing Your iBooks Library 257
Reading eBooks with the iBooks App 259
Reading Other eBooks on Your iPhone 262
In this chapter, I concentrate on iBooks, which is Apple's 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 iPhone. Tons of great eBook apps are available (l ...