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The iPad and iPad mini Pocket Guide, Fourth Edition by Jeff Carlson

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7. Read Books and Magazines

Under other circumstances, the subject of reading electronic books on a device would warrant a few paragraphs or maybe an extended sidebar. But the iPad’s handheld form factor—especially the iPad mini, which is thin and lightweight—and large storage capacity make it an attractive ebook reader. It wouldn’t surprise me if some people view the iPad primarily as an ebook reader that also happens to do other stuff.

Instead of packing a tote bag bursting with hardcovers on your next vacation, Apple’s iBooks app offers an attractive alternative: Store digital versions of books on the iPad, and connect to the iBookstore to buy new ones when you need more. And ebooks aren’t just plain text anymore—the iBookstore offers illustrated ...

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