Reading eBooks with iBooks
How does one of these e-reader apps work? Let’s look at the two most popular apps, Apple’s iBooks and Amazon’s Kindle app. We’ll start with iBooks.
The books you download from the iBookstore are stored in the iBooks Library, a virtual bookshelf on your iPhone that holds all your purchased titles. You can scroll through multiple bookshelves to view all the books you’ve downloaded. Tap a book cover to begin reading.
Figure 1 The iBooks Library.
Reading a book in iBooks is easy. The iPhone screen displays one book page at a time. To turn to the next page, swipe your finger across the current page to the left or tap the right side of the screen; to return to the previous page, swipe the page to the right or tap the left side of the screen.
Figure 2 Reading a book with iBooks.
To jump to a specific section in the book, tap the Contents button (looks like a miniature outline). This displays the Table of Contents page; tap a chapter or section title to jump to that section of the book.
Figure 3 Viewing the table of contents for an iBooks eBook.
To search for a specific word or phrase, tap the Search (magnifying glass) button. When the Search screen appears, enter the term you’re looking for into the Search Book box, then tap the Search button. All instances of the word or phrase are now listed; tap an instance to jump to that point in the book.
To change the size of the onscreen text, tap the Fonts button to display the Fonts panel. Tap the small A to decrease the size of the text; tap the large A to increase the text size.
To shop for books in the iBookstore, go to the iBooks Library and tap the Store button at the top of the screen. This takes you to the iBookstore, where you can browse or search for books. Find a book you like and downloading it is as simple as tapping the price or FREE button (for those free books).
Figure 4 Shopping for eBooks in the iBookstore.