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iBooks is a stylish, crisp-looking, colorful e-book reader and storefront that runs on Apple's iOS devices. The latest version of the software includes support for textbooks, a new addition to the iBookstore for students.

As with other e-book readers, iBooks responds to the device's accelerometer and switches between landscape and portrait modes. Its controls disappear when unused, and a swipe (or tap on the left or right side of the screen) will cause the pages to turn. iBooks' page-turning is smooth and engaging, with page corners digitally curling toward you as you advance, but this behavior is only a minor cosmetic difference between what you'll find in other digital readers. iBooks also includes a progress bar to show how far you are along in a book, and you're able to change the reader's font size.

Also like other e-readers, you can add bookmarks, define individual words, do quick Web lookups, and add notes. You also can underline words, sentences, and paragraphs for later viewing. All five major book publishers stock iBooks' digital shelves (Penguin, Harper Collins, Simon and Schuster, MacMillan, and Hachette), which makes the content stack up against competing apps and electronic bookstores.

iBooks 2 added support for textbooks and gave students the ability to purchase and download course textbooks that are supported. Newer features launched alongside the new iPad give users the ability to highlight text in a number of colors with the swipe of a finger. The interactive media and features for textbooks will definitely be useful to students. It's hard to say how many schools will adopt all iPad textbooks because of price limitations, but it will be interesting to see how it plays out as we get closer to the new school year.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Fantastic App v1.1, the bookstore is in the app!"

    January 6, 2011  |   By laugibbins

    Version: iBooks 1.1

    Pros

    Everything is in one place. The iBookstore is setup similar to the iTunes Library. BUT it's in the app! THe book shelf is very inviting. You can even get the Apple Users Manuals for your iPad / iPhone / iPod in bookform, nicely illustrated in color!

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    Wished there was an uTube demo of how to get the most of this app.
    Wish the search for magazines and titles could be sorted by price as well.

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    Best of all it's FREE, it works wonderfully! Get it! Book prices are par with B&N Nook and Amazon Kindle. I'd download this app just so I can get the owner's manuals ( 400+ pages) in a friendly format!

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  • 4.0 stars

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    May 20, 2010  |   By ali509

    Version: iBooks 1.0

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    portability, quick and trustable

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    i have not too much experience about the product, still it is making a challenge in using new and maybe up-to-date technologies. this challenge might become a barrier for those who are stagnant or want to be changed.

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