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?
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