7. Read Books

Under other circumstances, the subject of reading electronic books on a device would warrant a few paragraphs, or maybe an extended sidebar. But the iPad’s handheld form factor and large storage capacity makes it an attractive ebook reader. It wouldn’t surprise me if some people view the iPad primarily as an ebook reader that also happens to do other stuff.

Instead of packing a tote bag bursting with hardcovers on your next vacation, Apple’s iBooks app offers an attractive alternative: Store digital versions of books on the iPad, and connect to the iBookstore to buy new ones when you need more. And ebooks aren’t just plain text anymore—the iBookstore now offers illustrated books that range from children’s picture books to fine arts ...

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