Have you started reading ebooks thanks to the iPad?

Discussion in 'iPad Apps' started by Scartissue, Jul 7, 2010.

  1. Scartissue macrumors member

    Dec 23, 2004
    This is just a curiosity about whether people have had their habits changed by the purchase of an iPad and with it the availability of ebooks.

    For me, I've found the iBooks store too expensive. The iBooks app on the other hand, has become my new most used app for reading epub classics found from project Gutenberg and the like. For free, Ive already worked through a couple of books In the last week, such as Dracula, confessions of an english opium eater, and John Stuart Mill's autobiography. I understand the kindle store to have a wide selection of cheap cheap cheap books on it too, so that's probably where I'll head next once ive exhausted or gotten sick of non modern lit.

    Academically, the Papers app has got me into the habit of browsing google scholar for academic articles on things that are interesting - writers I'm reading, that kind of thing. Its much more limited, but the general papers that have some interest to a non academic in the subject. As well as some of the more specialised stuff that happen to relate to my philosophy degree.

    Then there's journalism. Ive currently got apps for The Times, the New York Times, Wired, Mens Health, GQ and Vanity fair. I'll be adding the New Yorker app when it finally gets released. As well as google reader and the like. So im also ploughing through media thanks to the iPad.

    I've gotten back into reading around now anyway, so this is as much a timing thing as it is the tool I'm using. But the combination has me reading far more than i could have possibly before. I didn't expect this to happen so quickly - I was a die hard fan of the priority of printed books, and I still am in a way. So far as I'll buy books that are either unavailable through either store that interest me, or by an author that I like enough to have something pretty and printed in a nice edition. But I could call those purchases that are still encouraged by the ability to read other books, cheaply, in other ways.

    I don't know if this is something supported by a movement on the Internet somewhere. I'm about to go google what google awe doing with their books store ive heard whispers about to see where that's going. But yeah, am I the only one finding this? Curious to hear from MR readers.
  2. Macjames macrumors 6502a

    Dec 12, 2007
    Yorkshire, England
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    I defiantly read more now thanks to the iPad. I use the kindle app from amazon because the prices are very reasonable.

    I have just read the following:

    The girl with the dragon tattoo
    The girl who played with fire
    The girl who kicked the hornets nest
  3. ScrewTheDaisies macrumors regular

    Jun 17, 2009
    I didn't start reading ebooks thanks to the iPad, but I'm reading a whole lot more now that I have the iPad. I prefer iBooks, but not the iBookstore pricing & selection. I get the books elsewhere, de-DRM them, convert to epub if necessary, and bring them into iBooks.
  4. odinsride macrumors 65816


    Apr 11, 2007
    I'm still waiting for the iBook store to offer more technical books (computer, photography, etc). Maybe then I'll read :)
  5. JulianL macrumors 65816

    Feb 2, 2010
    London, UK
    Not really, but that's only because I'm a real geek and essentially started the journey that you're on 11 years ago.

    I started reading eBooks in 1999 on my Palm V and at the time the only real content was free Project Guttenberg stuff so, like you, I started reading my way through the classics. A friend of mine pointed out the irony that it was cutting edge technology that was prompting me to read centuries old literature but I'm glad it did. I subsequently started buying commercial titles from what was at the time called eReader (now part of Barnes & Noble).

    I really hope that Apple can do a good job of getting content into their iBook stores (including the non-US ones) because I've switched from eReader format to iBooks now and I don't want to have to switch again to Kindle but right now there is just no contest as far as range of titles is concerned, Kindle is the run away winner. Having said that, it's a totally unfair comparison because Kindle has been running for over 2.5 years now and iBooks is only weeks old (10 or so?) so maybe early next year would be a more appropriate point to seriously compare and contrast the range of books available in the iBooks and Kindle stores.

    It's hard to tell but I think that the combination of the iPad and my new iPhone 4 might have got me spending more time reading than I used to and the iPad will probably mean that I will be willing to read technical books electronically now. Until now my eBook reading has been strictly fiction. With a technical book one often needs to look at diagrams and formulae and to skip around in the text so a big screen is helpful whereas for fiction one just reads one word after the next until one gets to the end of the book so I never understood why anyone had issues reading fiction on a small (e.g. smartphone or PDA) screen.

    - Julian
  6. IronLogik macrumors 6502

    Jun 15, 2009
    Check out O'Reilly's books... www.ora.com

    They're available as PDF and epub and other formats. Can just drop them in from iTunes.
  7. TorontoLRT macrumors 6502

    Jun 4, 2010
    Toronto, Duh!
    Yes. I started with project Gutenburg books only, but now I've started buying more eBooks.
  8. DJY macrumors 6502a


    Dec 20, 2003
    Canberra AUST
    I do a lot of travelling for work... and whilst am a big reader - used to lug paperbacks around with me.

    Since my iPad - I have switched to almost primarily ebooks.
    Even at home - and only reading off my iPad!

    Do have some yet to be read paperbacks but the convenience of my iPad is winning there most times!

    Yet to use iBooks yet as no paid book in there for us Australians....
    so I'm buying via Amazon's Kindle.
  9. makefunnyfaces macrumors 6502a

    Jun 12, 2010
    West Virginia
    I had a Kindle prior to the iPad, & didn't use it very often except when traveling. I sold my Kindle when the iPad was released, & now I read eBooks much more often. :D I think it's because the screen is much more clear.
  10. btrav13 macrumors 6502

    Apr 8, 2010
    I don't think I'm reading any more OFTEN than I used to, but my ability to browse for books has gotten so much better. In the past I would hear about a finance book I wanted, or a business book coming out and go buy them. Other than that, I waited on Stephen King novels. Now, with the ability to preview a book free, and then buy it, I've expanded my selection.

    Reading "**** My Dad Says" right now and it's one of the funniest books I've read in a long time. Saw it on the Times Best Sellers list.
  11. trsnrtr macrumors 6502


    Nov 21, 2009
    Central Illinois, USA
    I use to read books on my Dell Axiom but had not since until my iPad. I've now read >15 books on the iBook and Kindle apps. I enjoy it immensely.
  12. MrMoore macrumors 6502

    Nov 2, 2006
    Arlington Heights,IL
    Yes. I am now reading e-books. I was never interested in getting a Kindle or reading for long periods on my iPhone. But when I downloaded the Kindle App, I went to Amazon's site and started download a bunch of samples to see how it might work.

    Now I use both Kindle App and iBooks. Kindle has a better selection, but I like the iBooks app more. Espescially since they added Sepia as a color option.

    With the free books from iBook store plus Kindle, I now have over 30 books.
  13. quigleybc macrumors 68030


    Jun 17, 2005
    Beautiful Vancouver British Columbia, Canada
    before the iPad I was illiterate. Now i am a scholar!
  14. Marky macrumors regular

    Jan 4, 2005
    For too many years I haven't read a book or proper newspaper it's all been short sharp RSS feeds and blogs, no time to spare, constant flitting from one RSS headline to the next or one short blog to another.

    Thanks to iPad I now read the Financial Times every day and the Times most days.

    I've read two complete novels (via Kindle app) since purchasing and I'm currently ploughing through the work of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (iBooks) for the first time since I was a teenager (38 now).
    Also loving reading magazines on the iPad.

    iPad has reintroduced me to the pleasure of reading and slowed the hectic pace of life back down.

  15. BlackMax macrumors 6502a


    Jan 14, 2007
    North Carolina
    I've started reading eBooks since I purchased my iPad. I find I like the Kindle app better than the iBooks app. Great eBook prices on Amazon too!
  16. Maziar macrumors 6502

    May 22, 2010
    I have some books/PDF files on my PC which i found hard to read because i can't sit much in front of the PC only to read books, but as soon as i got my iPad i stored them on it, and now i read books in iBooks and kindle apps and lots of PDF files with Fast PDF.
  17. Lagranger macrumors member

    Jun 22, 2010
    Also I believe Pragmatic Programmers has their entire selection available as PDF/epub/etc.

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