turn your iPhone or iPad into the ultimate book reading tool

turn your iPhone or iPad into the ultimate book reading tool

As it stands, straight out of the box, Apple’s iPad is a decent reading tool — but it could be far better. Join AppleInsider for an examination of some apps and services we’ve been using for a while to really make the device a universal, digital book reader.

Apple’s iBooks and Book Store are very good. In fact, so good, that for some, it may be everything. The iBooks app functions as a rudimentary Epub and PDF reader, with deep integration into Apple’s book store —so for simplicity it can’t be beat.

iBooks, in all its glory

iBooks, in all its glory

If you want to stick entirely with Apple’s ecosystem, you can stop reading now. However, there are a few apps that we like that you can add either free or inexpensively to use other stores, read all the magazines you want, and open just about any media file you want.

Gorilla in the room – Amazon

Amazon and Apple haven’t always been the best of friends. But, Amazon has always made sure that ebook purchases from the Kindle library have been accessible on the iPhone and iPad.

What iBooks is to the Apple bookstore, the Kindle app is to Amazon’s offerings. While the offerings store to store are about the same, truth be told, the sales on Amazon’s stores have been a bit better over time.

Plus, Amazon has Kindle Unlimited, a $9.99 a month service that allows a good portion of Amazon’s library to be read without purchasing the book. Apple doesn’t have anything like that, so if you’re a devout reader, Amazon is the place to go.

Also from Amazon, comic fans can use Comixology Unlimited, either as a reader or as a subscription service. It’s not the best reader we’ve seen —which we’ll talk about a bit later…

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