iBooks woes

Discussion in 'iPad' started by TeeJayEm, Apr 8, 2010.

  1. TeeJayEm macrumors regular

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    Last night i started getting into the e-books. I downloaded a book that weighs in at about (if i recall correctly as i don't have my iPad with me at the moment) ~4,400 pages. These are the problems that i found:

    Performance:

    1.) The pages don't flip as smooth (not a huge deal).
    2.) flipping between landscape and portrait would take 5 to 10 seconds to redraw the page(s).
    3.) clicking on a chapter in the Table of Contents or a bookmark takes 5 to 10 seconds to navigate to the appropriate page.

    Annoyances (note: it's possible that this is already added and I'm just clueless on how to do it):

    1.) You can't bookmark text between pages.
    2.) I noticed i was creating bookmarks like crazy. What would be great is to somehow categorize your bookmarks (by chapter or by a custom category that you specify). I can easily see the bookmarks tab having thousands of bookmarks in there. How am i supposed to go through them and find the text that i was looking for?
    3.) We need better book management. I want to be able to group books by category or artist. I want to be able to stack the books on the bookshelf by these groups (exactly how the photos app does with albums and faces) or list them out by these groups.

    EDIT: i have found that you can list them out by category.

    What have others faced while reading books on the iPad and is there something I'm doing wrong to run into these issues?
     
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  3. danny_w macrumors 601

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    I downloaded the complete Shakespeare works (huge) and iBooks just completely chokes on it. For example, if I go to the TOC iBooks won't change pages at all.
     
  4. vini-vidi-vici macrumors 6502

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    Wouldn't it make more sense to download each individually?

    I can see how it'd be nice to have it all in one place for some reasons, but...

    I wish Ibooks wouldnlet make notes in the margins... Even draw little pictures, but generally, Ive been happy with it.

    I guess it depends on what kind of reading you're doing. If you're reading a book start to finish, it's great. If you want to be able to search through some gigantic reference text, it's not as good for that.
     
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  6. Dmich116 macrumors member

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    Makes me wonder if textbooks will ever be usable on the ipad :(
     
  7. stealthman1 macrumors regular

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    4,400 pages? uh, that's a problem in paper too!:D
     

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