The application iBooks, supports both portrait and landscape modes, showing one page or two pages respectively. You can adjust the screen brightness, font face, and font size to suit your personal tastes, and the built-in search feature lets you quickly look for a spot in the book. In addition, you can highlight passages for future reference with a bookmarking feature. Run into a word that’s got you stymied? iBooks also features a built-in dictionary: just tap and hold on a word and a definition will pop up. And the iPad’s accessibility functions mean that it can speak aloud the words on a page.
The application IBOOKS was assigned the trademark serial number of 85008412 and was filed with the description; Computers, computer software, computer application software for mobile phones, portable media players, and handheld computers; electronic publication reader software; computer software for authoring, downloading, transmitting, receiving, editing, extracting, encoding, decoding, displaying, storing and organizing text, graphics, images, and electronic publications; downloadable electronic publications in the nature of books, plays, pamphlets, brochures, newsletters, journals, magazines, and others.
With this latest application Apple seems to showcase its ability to trounce every other application or device in the market. Last week we saw the iPad solidly trounce the netbook, and now with the forthcoming addition of iBooks support in iPhone OS 4.0 Apple takes a solid swing at Amazon’s Kindle e-reader as well.
The argument against LCD ebook readers generally revolves around backlighting: Too much bombards the eyes and causes strain. In the iBooks application, the super-low brightness setting makes sense in an otherwise dark room. The Kindle app doesn’t have this control, and has to rely on the system setting, which is far brighter.