The first and most obvious advantage iBooks For iPad holds over its peers is its virtual bookshelf. Like much of Apple’s work, this app boasts an elegance of design (and extended features list) that only the most miserly could bring themselves to detest. Sharing the same basic navigational commands as its main rival, Kindle, iBooks for iPad distinguishes itself with greater customization, from a range of available fonts to the fact both PDF and ePub documents can be imported. Factor in instant brightness adjustment to soothe weary eyes and you’d be forgiven for thinking that Apple has the contest pretty much sewn up.
iBooks For iPad – The Future of Reading, Now!
Sadly though, the two main drawbacks iBooks suffers from involve elements any successful reader must eventually overcome, namely prohibitive unit cost and poor selection texts. In order to provide a fair and equitable test of value and variety across the respective apps, we took the top ten fiction bestsellers, checking each of our two contenders for the level of value offered. Expecting a negligible difference, we were surprised to find that five of the researched works didn’t feature on the iBookstore at all.
Over the remaining five that were present, users could save over 11 pounds in total shopping via Amazon’s service, running to around a 40 per cent difference overall. We’re certain a gap of this size would lead even consumers who can afford the luxurious design of Apple’s offering to consider how much harder their money could work. There will come a point, after all, at wich handled readers will be old hat, and people won’t be prepared to pay extra just for their novelity. Beautifully designed, yet undeniably expensive on a unit-cost.
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