Apple iBooks review: More features mean easier reading

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CNET Editors' Rating

4.5 stars Outstanding
  • Overall: 8.8
  • Installation and Setup: 10.0
  • Features and Support: 8.0
  • Interface: 8.0
  • Performance: 10.0

Average User Rating

1 stars 2 user reviews
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The Good iBooks is an elegant app for downloading and reading books and textbooks on your iOS devices. New continuous scrolling features and iCloud support make it even better.

The Bad The app is not as responsive on earlier devices, and some users are complaining of crashes.

The Bottom Line iBooks is the go-to reading app to download on iOS devices, and Apple has done a good job making the interface intuitive and continually adding useful features.

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iBooks is an e-book reader and storefront that lets you purchase or download free books and textbooks you can read on your iOS devices. The latest version of the software adds an unlimited scrolling feature, new iCloud support for syncing up your libraries, free automatic updates for your books, and more.

Like other e-book readers, iBooks responds to the device's accelerometer and switches between landscape and portrait modes. Its controls disappear when unused, and a swipe (or tap on the left or right side of the screen) will cause the pages to turn. iBooks' page-turning has a smooth animation showing page corners digitally curling toward you as you advance. You also have the option to switch from book theme (with page-turning animations) to full-screen or scroll themes. The scroll theme is new in iBooks 3, letting you swipe up or down for a continuous reading experience. You can choose from six fonts to give your books a different feel and three page colors to suit your reading style. iBooks also includes a progress bar to show how far along you are in a book, and you're able to change the font size to make reading easier.

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