For those of you that read books on your iPhones and iPads...

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  1. Ghost31 macrumors 68000

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    What do you use to read them? IBooks? Amazon kindle app? I've been using iBooks and the lack of syncing **** is annoying. My collections are never in sync so I have to always change things around between iPhone and iPad so they mirror each other
     
  2. mpavilion macrumors 6502a

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    Kindle app. Syncs nicely between the two. When you pick up a book on one device after last reading it on the other, it asks if you want to jump to the last page read, etc.
     
  3. Ghost31 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    That sounds like EXACTLT what I want. Do you know if prices for books and stuff are pretty comparable between iBooks and kindle? I'm not looking forward to rebuying some of the books I've bought on iBooks....
     
  4. mpavilion macrumors 6502a

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    I think they're pretty comparable, but I've never explored iBooks too thoroughly.
     
  5. Hal~9000 macrumors 68000

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    Another vote for Kindle here. Love how it syncs my progress across all my devices, the page turn animation, the huge selection of books, and the good prices.

    Prices of books on Kindle are lower than ones on iBooks. Hell, Apple got slapped with a $450,000,000 lawsuit because they conspired with book publishers to intentionally raise prices of books for consumers for no real reason besides Amazon was pricing their books so low that publishers weren't happy profits wise.
     
  6. Ghost31 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Wowwwww. That's gonna be hard for me to forget about after reading it.

    I'm trying the kindle app right now and I love the ui. I downloaded a sample of a book but I don't see anywhere how to actually buy the book? All I see is "add to list" and I'm usually pretty tech savvy. What am I missing here?
     
  7. maxsix Suspended

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    I've been very pleased with Kindle Books via the Kindle App on my iPhone 6S Plus and my iPads.

    I tried iBooks... but after Apple deleted a few books I bought off my iPad, l will never trust Apple again.
     
  8. Hal~9000 macrumors 68000

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    You can either buy the books on Amazons kindle store via web browser and once you sign into the app you can download them. Or if you want to purchase them through the app simply sign into your Amazon account and click the lowercase "a" on the top right of the app to see amazons library.

    Wow, they really deleted your previous purchases? I thought once you purchased something digitally from Apple (apps, music, etc) that it stayed on your account forever. That sucks, sorry to hear :oops:
     
  9. Ghost31 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I feel really stupid because there is probably something really obvious I'm missing here man, but when I'm in the kindle app and search for a book, selecting kindle edition the only options I get are to "download sample" and "add to list". Same using the amazon shopping app in the books section. I figured it would be easy like there being a straight up "buy now" button or something.
     

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    mpavilion macrumors 6502a

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    Unfortunately Apple won't allow Amazon to offer purchase of ebooks through the Kindle app (as this would compete with iBooks). Visit Amazon.com in Safari.

    EDIT: or maybe I'm wrong and it's for the reason the guy below said. Either way, purchase via the regular website.
     
  11. Hal~9000, Sep 28, 2016
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    Ah my bad, I forgot that Apple always takes a 30% cut of any in-app-purchases so Amazon probably didn't want to raise book prices 30% just so they could make Apple richer ;)

    Just go through your safari browser to purchase. Once you do it will immediately sync your purchases to the app so you can download and start reading: https://www.amazon.com/b/ref=sxBookStoreBookmarkiPhone?node=154606011&isBookmarkRequest=1
     
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    Think iBook syncing is better these days.

    Use nothing but iBook & Kindle and almost exclusively on my iPad.
    Kindle on iMac is not so intuitive and smooth to use, but it do happen that I read on my 27' screen too. iBook is better on mac then Kindle.

    Not so often I read on my iPhone SE. But once in awhile when I end up somewhere and have time to kill that wasn't expected. It works too. :eek:
     
  13. CTHarrryH macrumors 65816

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    I use iBooks and it sync's fine between my devices
     
  14. BigMcGuire Contributor

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    I read tons on my iPhone. Kindle app is #1. Google Books is #2. The syncing is a MUST for me so most of my books are on there. Prices are usually similar, and if they differ they only differ by a few bucks. The insane price of ebooks has kept my ebook purchasing down in the last few years. Often times it is cheaper to buy the paperback book (or even hardback) than the ebook.

    I have a Kindle Fire HD7 and .... it just sucks. Reading on it hurts my eyes, you can see the pixels, and the screen glare is bad. So iPhone 6s+ it is - I like to pick up my Fire and read for 10 minutes, then pick up my iPhone and go "ahhhh this is so nice." lol.
     
  15. Giuanniello macrumors regular

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    I am on the other side of the fence, I am tired of reading off the iPad, I like to have something to read along with me but can't always take a book so I thought about the iPad and I like the Books app because it syncs the bookmarks etc so when I switch to the iPhone or to the MacBook I don't have to browse, I can take notes and save them in the notes app or share them among the various devices and so on but the iPad battery life (I own an old 2nd gen one and have no intention to buy another one since it only gets used to read and to play 3 games, quite an expensive ebook reader...) is too short and the screen not the best when in bright light such as sun light; thought of another reader with long battery life and with the ability to read both epub and pdf, I know about Kindles but I would loose the ability to sync through iTunes (when books are added to the Book app, the epub I mean, they get a different file name so it becomes tough to retrieve them if there is a big archive as to move them into a different folder to sync with another reader), which reader would you advise look forward to with long battery life, bright and contrasted screen and easy to sync with a Mac?

    Grazie
     

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