Is there ANY reason to use iBooks over the Kindle App?


macrumors 6502
Original poster
Aug 25, 2005
I'm struggling to find one other than the free Winnie the Pooh book. The page turning is a gimmick, but the Kindle App can do that as well if you like. I think the only thing iBooks has going for it is the ability to change fonts...

Bigger selection of books, lower prices on many I missing something?


macrumors 6502
Sep 21, 2008
iBooks lets you search, but I don't think the kindle app has that feature.


macrumors 6502a
May 10, 2008
Is there any reason to use Safari instead of Firefox on my MacBook? I think Apple wanted their own offering so the feature isn't dependent on a third party. I think from a user perspective, the only reason to use iBooks is if you think the look and interface are nicer, or if you like the book selection more (unlikely for now).


macrumors 6502
Mar 21, 2010
ibooks gives you all the free project guttenberg books - does kindle let you get those?
Bingo. Kindle charges for those.

And there's no way to sync your own ePub files with Kindle, but you can with iBooks through iTunes.


macrumors 68000
Sep 17, 2008
This is one of those fuzzy areas, but I find the iBooks app slightly more enjoyable than the Kindle. I think it's because the iBooks app looks a little bit more like reading a real book. And while the page turning part is gimmicky, I tend to fiddle with the page edges when i read, and I can do that in iBooks.

However, right now the selection on iBooks is horrible. I'll get better, but Amazon has such a lead in this race that it's hard to look at iBooks as a primary source.

However, once the iBooks app comes out for the iPhone, the feature parity between the the two will be a little better


macrumors member
Jul 11, 2008
Kindle pros: custom background colors (nice for reading at night), highlight and notes ability, huge selection
iBook pros: in-app purchasing, dictionary, book-spread view (landscape with two pages, as one would normally read a book), and font modifications


macrumors 68000
Mar 11, 2010
This is totally subjective but iBooks is somehow easier on my eyes.

It took me forever and a lot of forum-spamming to figure out, but you CAN get the typically free gutenberg books for free on Amazon. For example, search for "A Study in Scarlet" (a Sherlock Holmes novel). You should get at least one search result that is $0.00. You can 'buy' that book and it'll sync automagically to your kindle app, no cost. The main difference between Amazon and iBooks/apps like Stanza is that Amazon makes you really work to find the free books, they are not collected anywhere (that I could find) and they have no Gutenberg front-end.


macrumors newbie
Mar 16, 2010
Kids got a big kick out of the color pictures in Winnie the Pooh. Is that why Apple is giving it away?


macrumors 6502
Mar 21, 2010
Being able to sync my own ePub files with iBooks is a biggie since I have a lot of ebooks I've acquired over the years.


macrumors 6502
Dec 15, 2008
Charleston, SC
For me it's going to come down to price; whichever reader's store sells a particular book for less money, that's the one I'll use for that book. I did the same thing with my iPhone. For purchased books I used the Kindle app, and for free books I used Stanza.


macrumors 68030
Aug 8, 2002
Anyone compare the lengths of the free samples in the two? If one gives substantially longer free samples that might be a factor...


macrumors 6502a
Jun 26, 2007
all iBooks have text to speach, on kindle it's the publishers choice...most of whom don't opt in as their affraid to loose audio book sales.


macrumors 68040
Oct 6, 2008
I like iBooks landscape mode with two pages. You have less horizontal panning back and forth with your eyes, but still get around the same amount of content on the screen. Kindle apps landscape mode is useless IMO.

Also, I like the colors and fonts better In iBooks. But so far it makes more sense to buy books from amazon because you can read them on more platforms until Ibooks gets a desktop client.


macrumors 6502
Mar 21, 2010
I like iBooks landscape mode with two pages. You have less horizontal panning back and forth with your eyes, but still get around the same amount of content on the screen. Kindle apps landscape mode is useless


macrumors G5
Oct 14, 2005
Not sure this is useful for anyone ... but Kindle does allow highlighting, iBook does not.
iBooks does support hightlighting. It's a feature called "bookmarking", but it's essentially the same thing.
I don't think the supports hightlighting (like the Kindle device does).

"Touch and hold any word to look it up in the built-in dictionary or Wikipedia, or to search for it throughout the book and on the web. Use the Bookmarking feature to highlight text and refer to it later."


macrumors regular
Jul 10, 2007
One thing I do like about iBooks, as pointless as it may sound, is that it keeps to what I believe is the actuals page structure of the book, whereas the Kindle uses a "location" designation that I believe corresponds to the line number.

Also not keen with the seeming inability to sync my entire kindle library to my iPad in one far it seems I have to do each book individually if I'm on the iPad app.


macrumors 6502
Jul 15, 2008
To the extent there are maps/pictures/images in the books, do both iBooks and Kindle show these? Sorry for the dumb question I don't use Kindle right now and am waiting for my 3g iPad to come in.