Chapter 12: How Do I Manage My Ebook Library?
Physical books are an awesome invention: They’re portable, easy to use, and fully showoffable, 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. The Amazon 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, an app that’s easy to use and supports an open ebook format. The iPhone screen is a bit on the small side, but the Retina display renders text sharply and clearly, so reading books on the iPhone isn’t a chore. This chapter introduces you to ebooks on the iPhone.
Getting Your Head around Ebook Formats
If there is one reason why ebooks took a long time to take off (in the same way that, say, digital music now rules the planet), it’s because the ebook world started out as hopelessly, head-achingly confusing. At its worst, at least two dozen (yes, two dozen!) ebook formats were available, and new formats jumped on the ebook bandwagon with distressing frequency. That was bad enough, but it got worse when you considered that some of these formats required a specific ereading device or program. For example, the Kindle ebook format required either the Kindle ...