What is the best way to get books

paulbaker99

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Should I just use the ipad app store or is there an amazon app I can use. what options do I have and what would be the best?
 
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m00min

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I buy most of my ebooks from Amazon, I can then read them on my iPad/iPhone, mac, Sony Reader. iBooks are limited to iPad/iPhone.
 

Ipaduser88

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I use the amazon app. As stated earlier, it is a nice benefit to share between different device as long as linked to same amazon account.

For example, wife wanted John Grisham book. She downloaded to pc, then my mother reads it on both on iphone and kindle, now I have access to it on iPad. You can really get your money's worth.
 

Gjwilly

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The iBooks app also supports PDF and ePub formats which are both widely available.
You can copy them to the iPad via iTunes or download them straight off of the web and selecting to Open in iBooks.
 

bogatyr

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Nook/Kindle for fiction books, PDF copies of technical books (better layout support). I avoid iBooks like the plague for eBooks due to the limitations on what you can read them on. Nook and Kindle are available for virtually every platform and PDF readers can be found anywhere (I use GoodReader on the iPad).

Also PDFs can be purchased from many sources so you're not locked into a specific vendor. I use O'Reilly and Apress directly and also InformIT for most of my technical PDFs. All three offer substantial discounts if you watch for them.

EDIT: I am specifically referring to the iBooks/Nook/Kindle store bought items and not PDFs/EPUB documents. All three support bringing in external PDFs/EPUB.
 

blevins321

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I like the Kindle app personally. They'll assign you a special email address to send off your files to them to sync with their cloud. I think you get 5GB free. Whispersync is cool too and will sync your last page read across all of your devices. Great for the small Kindle while traveling and the iPad when at home.
 

old-wiz

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I've only bought eBooks from Amazon for the Kindle app on the iPad; iBooks has fewer eBooks books available than Amazon.

I also use the Kindle app for library books, which I don't think would work via iBook.
 

bocomo

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I buy most of my ebooks from Amazon, I can then read them on my iPad/iPhone, mac, Sony Reader. iBooks are limited to iPad/iPhone.
Me too

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I use the amazon app. As stated earlier, it is a nice benefit to share between different device as long as linked to same amazon account.

For example, wife wanted John Grisham book. She downloaded to pc, then my mother reads it on both on iphone and kindle, now I have access to it on iPad. You can really get your money's worth.
Indeed, my GF doesn't use the Kindle app like i do, so i signed on her ipad so she can read all my game of thrones books
 

takeshi74

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Should I just use the ipad app store or is there an amazon app I can use. what options do I have and what would be the best?
Define best. Preference plays a big part in all this. Have you used the apps out there? Have you browsed the selections of the options? Best is always highly subjective on any topic.