Before I got my iPad, I didn’t think I’d use it much for reading books. I love books. The house is full of books. I’m proud that I am perennially short of bookshelves.
Now, I find myself leaning toward buying books via the iPad more than going to the bookstore.
The thing is, I usually have my iPad with me. It’s easy to carry. That means I can read nearly anywhere, and as a result I can read more often. I’m already a devout reader, so this just feeds the addiction.
Of the available readers, Apple’s iBooks is my favorite. By no means is it perfect, but it’s good enough. With the right font, and the right type size, I don’t find the iPad’s LCD objectionable. It certainly gets dim enough to read comfortably in bed. (It lights up the room considerably less than the LED miner’s lamp I use for reading physical books in bed.)
Where iBooks falls down is in the texts themselves. Continue reading »