iPhone / 27/06/2010

iBooks for iPhone

I downloaded the iBooks app that was made available after iOS4 was launched (it’s free). I also downloaded a few free books, Winnie the Pooh, Macbeth and Dracula and two sample books: Why we suck by Denis Leary and Bro on the go by Barney Stinson with Matt Kuhn.

What I like about the app is that it works smoothly. You turn the page by swiping your finger across, much the same way you do other stuff on an iPhone. I don’t mind that it is small, you just need to adjust the font to a size you’re comfortable with. You can also adjust the brightness of your screen, and font type. To make it more “authentic” you can even switch sepia on. Cool feature, as displayed below.

I don’t buy phones based on their extras like GPS capabilities, so I wouldn’t say that iBooks is a reason to get an iPhone 4. It’s just a nice add-on, the same way you would enjoy your Facebook or Twitter app. It’s convenient.

While I do think the app is cool, I don’t think I will be purchasing any books. In fact, I’d probably download free ones for when I’m at the airport or on the plane, to pass time.

Anyone else got the app? What do you think of it?



Nafisa Akabor
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  • I have to admit I am enjoying iBooks. Having seen it on the iPad the iPhone version scales well. I have used my iPhone in the past to read books and the release of iBooks has postponed my purchase of an iPad as well as taking the Kindle of my shopping list.

    I will most likely buy books for when I travel, and the convenience of being able to get a couple of pages when waiting for someone or on the move is a handy. I think it works well when you have a device like the iPad as the primary reader and have synchronization on.

  • When I researched the iPad during my course this was one app that definitely swayed me in favour of the iPad. A colleague and I were chatting the other day that if tertiary text books were available on iPad they should be much cheaper and obviously a great weight will be lifted (literally) from the students’ shoulders. You would also have less risk of packing the wrong text book since you could have it all handy in one small package. Then it could fliter down to secondary and even primary learners. (My nephew in Grade 5’s suitcase is bigger than the one I had in matric!)

    Of course there is the initial cost and risk involved.

    I for one would buy books. But only really awesome ones and especially ones released abroad long before they reach our shores.

  • It would definitely be a plus on an iPad because it is a direct competitor to e-readers. Most people who want e-readers eventually settle on the iPad because of its additional features. I’m just not the target for it, well not yet 😉