Apple iPad 2 Tablet eBook Reader Review
The iPad 2 is lighter and faster than the original.
The Apple iPad 2 is a fairly intuitive eReader. The iBooks app's interface resembles a bookshelf and lets you browse your titles by cover art. Scrolling the screen down will let you search for books or change to a list view.
Reading eBooks is done with a swipe of the screen or by tapping the left or right side. Tapping the left side or swiping a finger from the left to right will flip to the previous page; tapping the right side or swiping your finger from right to left will turn to the next page. The top of the screen contains shortcuts for your library, a table of contents and list of your bookmarks, a screen brightness toggle, font controls, a search feature, and a bookmark button.
While the iPad 2's de facto eBook reader is iBooks, you can download apps from most of the major eBook retailers. To use the iBooks store, however, juts open the app and click the link to the store. The iBooks store looks very similar to the App Store, with links at the bottom for featured and chart-topping eBooks, a browse button for viewing books by author, a search feature, and a link to previously purchased eBooks. For more on what the iPad 2 offers, check out our comparison of online eBook stores.
The iBooks application on the iPad 2 supports a decent range of e-book formats, allowing you to read ePub, text and PDF files without conversion: just sync them over to the device with iTunes. While the device doesn't support eBooks bought through other stores, such as Amazon’s Kindle store or Kobo, you can use those stores' apps to download content onto the iPad 2. It's a bit of a hoop to jump through, but at least the option is there.
Newspapers & Magazines
The iPad 2 offers several newspaper and magazine apps, some of which are free to download, but charge you per issue. You'll have to download the apps for these publications, though, as the iBooks app currently only offers eBooks.
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