Which reader is best? iBooks or Kindle App?

Discussion in 'iPad Apps' started by LSK6453, Mar 29, 2011.

  1. LSK6453 macrumors member

    Aug 16, 2006
    I am seeking opinions as to which reader is best on the iPad2.

    Please share your thoughts and experiences.

  2. Julien macrumors G4


    Jun 30, 2007
    Both are the best.:eek::D

    There are countless threads that debate/highlight the merits of the two but almost all agree to have both is the best option.
  3. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
  4. PLamarine macrumors 6502


    Jun 12, 2009
    Central MA
  5. Lunchb0x8 macrumors 6502a

    May 2, 2010
    Aberglasslyn, NSW, AU
    I use kindle for new books.

    iBooks for PDFs and old ebooks I got before kindle and iPad etc came about.
  6. guitardogcar macrumors member

    Mar 24, 2011
    Agreed. Try both.

    Kindle works on your computer too, so that might be a bonus.

    You can sync the Kindle books to as many e-readers as you want also...

    I like free regardless, but often a university will require books that Apple doesn't have in the store...but iBooks has easier browsing IMO...

    See, they both have +'s and -'s.

  7. arkitect macrumors 603


    Sep 5, 2005
    Bath, United Kingdom
  8. thelookingglass macrumors 68000

    Apr 27, 2005
    Agree that the Kindle is better. Much better selection of books and the reading experience is better too. More words fit on a page in Kindle and the UI is much less obtrusive than iBooks.
  9. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    It is all personal preference and since both are free, try them both for yourself

    Several have stated their preference for Kindle
    I, however, prefer the iBook app for reading
  10. LSK6453 thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 16, 2006
    thanks everyone. I got my ipad last night and there are several books that I want to read. I think the amazon store has more options so I am going to start there.
  11. deeddawg macrumors 604

    Jun 14, 2010
    Yeah and it's important to minimize the number of pages we have to carry around... :D

    Also check out OverDrive and see if your local public library offers ebook loans.
  12. kevinbal macrumors regular


    Feb 28, 2006
    Storrs, CT
    Personally, I like iBooks better but amazon wins the price wars almost every time, so I vote with the wallet. The difference isn't sizeable enough to warrant the price difference between the two.
  13. Deliverator007 macrumors member

    May 28, 2010
    I actually like the Nook reader the best. It gives more appearance options than Kindle, has almost as many books as Kindle, and most importantly to me, it saves your most recent position, whereas Kindle saves your furthest position. I move back and forth between my iPad and my iPhone, and I have had too many experiences with Kindle where I accidentally went forward in a book, or maybe checked a footnote, and from that point on Kindle only will only sync to the end of the book, because that was my furthest position. Infuriating.
  14. blevins321 macrumors 68030

    Dec 24, 2010
    Winnipeg, MB
    +1 for Nook app. Got a 'real' Nook 2 Christmases ago, and it's nice to be able to read books from the same place on both the iPad and Nook as well as the desktop applications.
  15. solowmodel macrumors 6502

    Jan 11, 2011
    Have owned iPad and Kindle 3.

    As a pretty avid reader, the Kindle wins hands down for pure reading.

    Battery life is incredible, and no eye strain (at least for me). The selection of books and auto-sync features are also quite nice.

    For everything else, including magazines, the iPad is clearly in a different league.

    In terms of the two apps, I'd prefer the Kindle purely because of the auto-sync feature. Read on iPad, read on computer, read on iPhone etc.
  16. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
    I prefer the Kindle app. First, the Kindle store has a bigger selection of books. Second, Kindle books can be read on many different types of devices.
  17. dmaul1114 macrumors 6502

    Mar 12, 2011
    The apps are about equal.

    But as others have noted the Kindle store has by far the biggest selection of e-books of any of the e-books store. iBooks being newer has one of the lower selections. Though if you're only reading mainstream, best seller type books you should be covered--though sometimes prices are higher in the iBooks store.

    With the iPad, no reason to focus on one though. Get both and the Nook app and Stanza and Kobo etc. and then you can have access to pretty much every e-book out there, shop around for best price etc.

    I pretty much stick with Kindle, but that's only because I have a Kindle 3 and mainly read my e-books on that still as I prefer the e-ink screen and lighter weight for laying down and reading for hours.
  18. DiamondMac macrumors 68040


    Aug 11, 2006
    Washington, D.C.
    No answer can be given as everyone is different

    I enjoy the iBooks setup better

    Mother likes the Kindle App better
  19. docbluedevil macrumors newbie

    Jul 12, 2010
    Tried a search and can't find my answer easily, so . . .

    Can one read an iBook purchase on the Kindle App? And a Kindle purchase in iBooks?

    Thanks ahead of time.
  20. deeddawg macrumors 604

    Jun 14, 2010
    Purchased books? No.

    People need to remember that these apps aren't mutually exclusive. You can have both (and more!) on your ipad at the same time. Amazon has a better store currently, plus you can browse from a desktop/laptop which you can't on the iBookstore.

    I've purchased some materials from Fictionwise.com and read them via ePub format in iBooks; I like the layout and such better than Kindle.

    Also, don't forget to check out OverDrive which lets you read ebooks checked out from your local public library (if they support it). Why buy a book if you can borrow it legally for free? (I know Kindle has loaning capabilities, I mention this because people seem to forget that the Public Library exists)
  21. docbluedevil macrumors newbie

    Jul 12, 2010
    Thanks for your reply, deeddawg.

    Hmm . . . I wonder if my local library supports overdrive. Great advice.
  22. scorpio1973 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 5, 2009
    Very well said! I completely agree.
  23. deeddawg macrumors 604

    Jun 14, 2010
    FWIW, iBooks does this as well, syncing between iPhone and iPad.

    In any event, there are free books and/or book samples on each app platform, so the best advice I've give to anyone curious about Kindle app vs iBooks vs Nook app is to sit down and TRY THEM EACH. See which one you like, at no cost! :D
  24. BobbieM629 macrumors regular

    Mar 25, 2011
    I read with both.. why? Because SEVERAL times I have found the book to be cheaper in one place then another.. I also have the Nook app, for the same reason. I buy where the book is cheaper. Also Nook has a Friday Freebie EVERY Friday..

    1 thing I like with Kindle over iBooks is that it seems iBooks times out (goes to standby mode & iPad goes off) faster then Kindle. I do however, think iBooks is prettier :eek:
  25. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    No to both, unless you strip the DRM and convert formats. There are ways to strip DRM for Kindle books, but none for iBooks.

    However, if you find non-DRM books in the respective formats, (epub for iBooks, mobi for Kindle), you can use them with the apps. This means that you aren't always limited to books that are available from iBooks store and Amazon.

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