|Artwork Credit: Charis Tsevis|
Here's a Reading 101 Primer you may find useful in navigating these options.
Apps for reading on the iPad (and the iPhone/iPod Touch) can be categorized based on the type of content, their use of DRM and other attributes:
|Book content is copy-protected|
e.g. Amazon Kindle
|Book content is both copy-protected and time-limited e.g. Overdrive app|
|Book content is not copy-protected|
e.g. Stanza app
books and newspapers
|Book or Newspaper is presented as a standalone app e.g. Wonders of the Universe app|
|Magazines are presented as content within an app e.g. Zinio|
These apps can be thought of as front-end apps for specific e-bookstores. While these apps can also read some types of non copy-protected content, the content from their bookstore, even the free books, is normally copy-protected and readable only by bookstore-specific apps. This constraint is mitigated somewhat in that each app is available on multiple platforms (e.g iOS, Android...), or as a web app, or on dedicated ebook readers. Still if you buy an ebook from Amazon, in general you won't be able to read it using the iBooks app, and vice-versa.
Barnes & Noble
Indigo Books & Music
Most public libraries leverage one of a small number of 3rd-party apps to loan ebooks that are both copy-protected and time-limited. After the borrowing period has expired the ebook files on the library patron's computer become inaccessible.
Open-source related Apps
Open Source related Apps focus on content that is not copy-protected, usually older books whose copyright has expired. These apps may include direct connections to non-DRM book repositories such as the famous Project Gutenberg at gutenberg.org.
NB: iPhone, iPad ver.
acquired by Amazon
mixed ratings on iTunes
Books or magazines may be sold as standalone apps. In books this is often driven by a desire to include multimedia elements not (currently) supported by the more common ebook formats. Science books may include video segments. Many children's books are also sold as stand-alone apps and may include audio narration, highlighting of individual words as spoken, music, interactive graphics, and games.
|Wonders of the Universe|
|A Charlie Brown Chrstimas|
|Globe2Go by |
Two popular venues for the distribution of e-magazine subscriptions are Zino and Newsstand. Zinio predates the latter, and provides access to e-magazines in any web browser as well.
Apple's Newsstand functions as an iOS folder/meta-app. You still buy individual magazine apps (usually free) through the App Store, but if they are Newsstand-aware (most are), they will appear within the Newsstand app. And it's from within each individual magazine app that you buy issues or subscriptions.
iOS Settings → Store → Click on iTunes accountname → Subscriptions Manage
- 3 Cool Newsstand Mags for iPad, Vern Seward, macobserver.com, Jul 27 2012
- Turn your old iPad into a dedicated e-reader, Lex Friedman, Macworld.com, Jul 10 2012
- The best ways to buy and read books on iPhone and iPad, Christopher Phin, techradar.com, July 1 2012
- Everything You Could Ever Want To Know About Reading Magazines On The iPad, Dylan Love, May 21 2012
- Kindle vs. Nook vs. iPad: Which e-book reader should you buy?, John P. Falcone, news.cnet.com, May 5 2012
- How to Download e-books from the Public Library on the iPad, Emily K. Becker, padgadget.com, May 1 2012
- How to read 3rd party books on your iPad in a Post-PC world, Luis de la Rosa, Mar 18 2012
- How to download and read iBooks and Kindle eBooks on your new iPad, Allyson Kazmucha, Mar 15 2012
- Top 25 Library Apps for the iPad, onlinecollege.org Mar 6 2012
- Best eReader Apps for iPhone and iPad, K. T. Bradford, gottabemobile.com, Feb 8 2012
- Reading books on the iPad, John Page, softwarewithstyle.com, Dec 16 2011
- Apple iPad Showdown: Battle of the eReader Apps, Jason Perlow, zdnet.com, July 2011
- Apple enforcing eReader restrictions…, James Kendrick ZDnet.com, July 25 2011
- Downloading free books to your iPad, Christopher Breen, Macworld.com, Apr 11 2011
- How to Read Library E-books on the iPad – A Tutorial, Rose, iPadappsHub.com, Feb 20 2011
- Library Books & eReaders, Mike Cook, blog.epubbooks.com, Dec 28 2010
- How to read O'Reilly ebooks on the iPad that aren't from the iBooks store, Adam Flaherty, people.oreilly.com, Apr 5 2010