All iPads I wanna start reading, do I just look for an app that has books?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by dopaminedude, Feb 10, 2013.

  1. macrumors member

    Jan 13, 2013
  2. macrumors 65816

    Jun 9, 2011
    Halfway between the Equator and North Pole
    iBooks, Kindle, Google Play, or OverDrive. The latter allows you to download and read e-books through your local library. You need a library card, but it's a pretty nifty app.
  3. thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 13, 2013
  4. macrumors regular

    Jul 25, 2011
    If you have an amazon account I highly suggest the kindle app. Go on amazon and find some books that interest you and get a free sample. If you enjoy it then buy the whole book. If you have iTunes credit then do the same thing through iBooks
  5. macrumors 604

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    I have both Kindle and OverDrive. Overdrive books are free as long as your local library provides the service. Kindle books you need to pay for. I bought my iPad mostly for reading books since I can change font size which helps my eyes.

    Both Kindle and Overdrive have good points.

    It's worth having both if you have a local library that supports OverDrive. Kindle for books you buy is great if you buy books.
  6. macrumors 68000


    Jan 12, 2011
    Bel Air, CA
    If you have Amazon Prime, you can "rent" books from the Kindle library.
  7. macrumors 6502a

    Apr 11, 2012
    Download the kindle app, login with your amazon account, buy kindle books on I've been using this formula for two years and its worked flawlessly. I don't ever buy physical books anymore.
  8. macrumors 601

    Oct 23, 2010
    I prefer only lets you lookat kindle files...and I prefer to buy from the publishers.
  9. macrumors newbie

    Feb 2, 2010
    Download iBooks
    Torrent what you want.
    Read away.
  10. macrumors regular

    Sep 29, 2012
    The Netherlands
    Go buy a physical book, it wont hurt your eyes after reading for more than one hour.
  11. macrumors 68020

    Dec 13, 2012
    Southern California
    Buy a Kindle Paperwhite, it's only $119 and is the best reader at any price.

    I use my iPad 4 & iPad mini for everything else.

    Nothing beats a purpose built reader like the Paperwhite. Period.
  12. macrumors 68000


    Dec 8, 2006
    For anyone that reads, I wholeheartedly agree that you should get a Paperwhite. I own an iPad mini and a Paperwhite, and while I read sometimes on my mini, I mostly prefer my Paperwhite, it's a great device.

    What I wanted to add to the conversation was that there is a great site where you can get free eBooks in any number of formats: Project Gutenberg. They take books no longer in copyright and make them available for download, it's legal and free. Amazon also has quite a few books that are free for download (and I don't think you need an actual Kindle, just the Kindle app on an iPad or on your iMac will suffice I think). If you like classics, those two are great places to find loads and loads of great free stuff. As an aside, if you like audiobooks, LibriVox has audio versions of some of these same books you can get free in other places. I trawl Amazon's free (some can be as much as £.77) books and find some real gems in there from time to time.

    The other thing is that you should get the free ebook library software, Calibre. It not only manages your eBook library (and does it well), but it'll fetch RSS feeds from websites and magazines and newspapers and send them to your reader in eBook format, which is quite cool - you can end up reading something like the New York Times (or any major newspaper or magazine) on your eReader, and it'll even put a Table of Contents together. Really cool stuff out there for eReaders!
  13. macrumors G3


    Jun 11, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    A good place to start is your local public library. Why get into the fuss of ebook readers, various accounts etc, only to find you hate the activity.

    Check with the library and see if they rent ebooks and the time period available. I have found it's generally 2-3 weeks. If you can read a book in that time, great. If you are a slow reader or don't have a lot of time, not so much.

    If their system sounds okay to you, find out from the staff what app you need and how the system works.

    The other alternative you can use, particularly if you are into classics over current titles or are willing to 'go classic' for the point of testing it out is Apple's iBooks app. Once you have that you can access their store. There are tons of public domain books that are free. And they do a free book of the week although the style of book varies. But you can get something like Charles Dickens, Mark Twain etc for free as a test run

    Once you've decided you are okay with reading off the ipad you can either stick with the library books or buy authors you know you like, download samples of other folks to taste before buying etc. from iBooks
  14. macrumors newbie

    Feb 13, 2013
    I use all of the above, plus here's a little gem: if you are on Facebook, like BookBub and register. They will send you a daily email with free books available on Amazon, iTunes and Nook. There are also some for $.99. Most of the books are light reading. But, there are some true hidden gems.
  15. macrumors regular

    Feb 3, 2013
    I was already in the nook ecosystem when I got my mini so that is what I use plus sometimes Ill get an iBook or 2.
  16. macrumors 6502a

    Nov 16, 2011
    In general, the app you use will depend on where you're getting your books. If you're buying from iTunes, you'll need the iBooks app. If you're buying books from Amazon; the Kindle app. If you're borrowing books from the library, there'll be an app for that (check with your library). Then, there are sources of free books that you can get through these apps and others.

    To get your feet wet, download iBooks and look for some free books.

  17. macrumors G5


    Aug 17, 2007
    I would go with the Kindle app. The books you buy through there can be read on just about any device.
  18. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 10, 2008
    Orlando, Florida
    I use the Kindle app as well as the iBook app. I do prefer the iBook app though.

    The nice thing with the Kindle app is that I could read my purchases on just about any device that I have and that includes the MacBook Pro, iPad 3, iPad mini, iPhone 5 and even a Kindle touch. Another nice thing about Kindle they have a larger selection of free books available.
  19. macrumors regular

    Feb 3, 2013
    I know in the nook enviornment you can loan books out to friends within the Nook environment. Is that also possible with the Kindle and its apps? I am really asking because I dont know anything abut the kindle.
  20. macrumors G5


    Aug 17, 2007
    Yes, some Kindle books can be loaned to other Kindle users. Under product details look for Lending (as shown in the picture). The ability to lend is determined by the publisher.

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  21. macrumors 65816

    Jan 27, 2012
  22. macrumors 6502a


    Jan 10, 2012
    /home @
    You can download them in EPUB format from, and open them in iBooks
  23. macrumors 6502

    May 3, 2010

    Amazon has a better of variety of ebooks (made by publishers) then Apple does. Amazon has been doing it about 4 years longer then Apple.

    The only difference between the relationship between publishers and Apple or Amazon is that Apple takes a bigger cut of the purchase price then Amazon does.

    If you like science fiction, then go to they have a good selection of free (and otherwise) books, and you can get them emailed to your kindle application, so it will pop up on your ipad automatically.

    EDIT: looks like I am behind the times. Baen now offers free and purchase books directly through Amazon:
  24. macrumors 601

    Oct 23, 2010
    This is not true. Before Apple came along Amazon took 70% of revenue for e-book purchases. Apple only takes 30%. I know. I work directly for a VERY large publisher. We've had discussions at work about this and other topics before and after Apple released their iBooks app. I'm not encouraging anyone to buy from the iBooks store. I'm telling them to buy from the publisher directly. You can have all versions of the file and iBooks APP not store supports all non proprietary formats for e-books.

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