Apple iPads and iPhones are great devices for reading ebooks. There are many ebook reading apps available for you to choose from, and they’re free! This article will introduce you to some of the most popular apps and give some suggestions on where you can find some ebooks for it. All of these apps can be downloaded from iTunes for free.
1. Apple iBooks App for iPad and iPhone
The iBooks app is the most native Apple ebook reading application that you’ll be able to find for the iPad and iPhone. It currently has a 3.5/4 rating from reviewers in iTunes. If you are new to ebooks and you have an iPad, this app will be a good place for you to start. Since it is so integrated into the device, you won’t have to worry about using any external software. You can also use it to read your own PDF files.
Where to find ebooks: iBooks includes Apple’s iBookStore, where you can purchase ebooks and then download them directly to your iPad or iPhone. It’s very similar to downloading music from iTunes, so if you’re familiar with that, you’ll be downloading ebooks in no time.
2. Amazon Kindle App for iPad and iPhone
The Kindle App was created by Amazon to allow you to read your Kindle ebooks on devices other than a Kindle. If you can’t find an ebook in iBooks, you might be able to find it on Amazon for the Kindle. This way, you can make use of Amazon’s large ebook selection on your iPad without having to buy a separate Kindle e-reader. The Kindle App will let you start reading on one device, and pick up where you left off on another device. Amazon has many classic books available for free that you can access through the app.
Where to find ebooks: The Kindle App is made to be used with Kindle ebooks that you purchase from Amazon. Find those in Amazon’s Kindle Store.
3. Kobo App for iPad and iPhone
Kobo has free e-reading apps for both iPad and iPhone. You can use these apps to read ebooks that you’ve purchased from Kobo, even if you don’t have a Kobo eReader. You can search for ebooks, buy them, and download directly to your device with the Kobo app.
Where to find ebooks: If you’re planning on using the Kobo app, then you should buy ebooks from Kobo. You can download the ebooks directly with the Kobo app, or you can find them online.
4. Barnes & Noble Nook App for iPad and iPhone
The Nook App from Barnes & Noble lets you read all of the Nook ebooks on your iPad or iPhone, without having to own a Nook eReader. Barnes & Noble’s Nook system is unique in that it will let you lend ebooks with their “LendMe” software. You can also sample any of the Nook books for free before you buy.
Where to find ebooks: If you want to read ebooks using the Nook App, then you should get ebooks from Barnes & Noble’s Nook store.
5. Bluefire Reader App for iPad and iPhone
Bluefire Reader is the best ebook reading solution for using Adobe DRM ebooks on the iPad and iPhone. This app works with Adobe’s “Content Server” which means you can use it to read DRM-protected PDF and EPUB ebooks on your iPad and iPhone. This requires “authorizing” the reader with an Adobe ID just like you would on a Sony Reader, Nook, or other e-reader devices. Library ebooks can also be read with this app (where available).
Where to find ebooks: You can use Adobe PDF and EPUB ebooks from just about any ebook retailer. This is great because it means that you’re not tied to iBooks, Amazon, or any other specific ebook seller.
All of the apps above are excellent choices for reading ebooks on your iPad or iPhone. I recommend iBooks for those who are new to ebooks, and I recommend Bluefire Reader for those who are more familiar with using apps and transferring files between their computer and iPad or iPhone. No matter your level of technological skill, there is a solution for you.
Jared Scott has over ten years experience working in the eBook and e-Reader industry. His eBook Reader Software blog is updated regularly with informational posts relating to eBook software. This topic is covered in more detail with links to get the apps at Top 5 eBook Apps for iPad and iPhone.