Lauren Leto

Reading with iBooks

Posted in book porn by Lauren Leto on April 6, 2010

I got a Wi-Fi iPad. It can’t connect to the internet at my house! I’m probably going to return it for a 3G iPad.

THAT BEING SAID, I’ve downloaded three books on iBooks. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (first chapter has the word “GhettoNerd” in the title, I know I’m going to like it), Wolf Hall and The Help.

Here is a sample of a page on iBooks:

The Good Points: Press on any word with your finger and the options “Bookmark,” “Dictionary” and “Search” appear. When you bookmark words or sections, they appear under a list in the beginning of the book so you can revisit those highlighted sections (great for book reviews/reports/research).

The Bad Points: The word count on the bottom of the page drives me insane. “62 out of 528” and “6 pages left in this chapter” – I’m reading for leisure not for a race. The dotted line with the square on it also moves as you work your way through the book. On one hand, I understand – many people probably like to look ahead in their books to see how many pages they have left and that would be hard to do if they didn’t include a page count. BUT, I wish I had the option to turn the page counts off. They distract me.

The Terrible Points: I can’t read the iPad in the sun. I can’t see the words at all. All I can see is my face and fingerprint smudges. Don’t plan on bringing iBooks to the beach this summer.

More Terrible Points: The screen rotates as you do. This probably seemed like a great idea, but the problem is that sometimes I read half laying down/half sitting up in bed or on a deck chair. When I do this, the pages constantly rotate. The option to set a permanent frame for the book would be helpful. [UPDATE: @CKD told me how to lock the screen, so consider this point moot]

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