If you are a regular reader, you will be sure to appreciate the features offered by the iBooks app available for the iPhone 4S and other Apple devices. This is basically a virtual book shop, which allows you to browse thousands of titles from several categories which can be downloaded, stored and read on your iPhone 4S.
In this article I will look at some of the main features of iBooks and why it is such an appealing application.
The iBooks app is already installed on the iPhone 4S and other recent Apple devices. Therefore, it is ready to be used straightaway. When you open the app you will see a bookshelf which houses your titles, and looks just like a real bookshelf with real books on it. Books have the same covers as their paper counterparts, and look really good on the retina display. These can be arranged in the order of your choice, simply by dragging them to a new location of the shelf using the touch screen. To open a book you simply tap it and it will open on the screen. If you have read part of the opened book already, it will automatically load at its last opened page so you can continue reading where you finished last time. Turning pages of the book is remarkably similar in appearance to that of a real paper book. The responsiveness of the touchscreen is demonstrated when performing this task. Simply slide your finger from one side of the screen to the other and the page will turn according to the movements of your finger.
To search for new titles to download, simply touch the 'Store' section at the top of the bookshelf interface, and you will then be able to search for books based on criteria like title, author, genre and popularity. There are thousands of free books which can be instantly downloaded, as well as premium titles which require a fee to be paid before they can be downloaded. Downloading books in the iBooks app is similar to downloading apps in the AppStore, and similarly, payments are made with your iTunes account.
If you own an iPhone 4S and another Apple device like an iPad 2 or MacBook Pro, you can take advantage of the iCloud service to integrate your iBooks library on all of your devices. With iCloud activated, when you download a title on iBooks, it will automatically be found on any other compatible Apple products you own. Because iBooks is developed by Apple rather than an independent app developer, you can expect flawless performance and integration with other Apple services like iCloud, further enhancing the appeal of the app.
iBooks is an innovative means of downloading and reading books, and I highly recommend any reading fans to try it out.