Did you know that it’s possible to read on your iPad, iPhone and iPod touch? Crazy, right? Like anyone reads anymore. Seriously, though, reading is one of our favorite pastimes. We usually enjoy using the Kindle, because it’s lightweight and very easy to use. The eInk screen is pleasant to look at. No complaints from us. Thing is, there are also plenty of iPads out there. Why not give people something to read?
Know that we didn’t give iBooks its own spot on the list as that’s pretty much a giveaway. We’re looking at some of the places to get books for those who enjoy reading on the iPad. Hit the jump to take a look.
Amazon has the most popular eReader, and that means they offer the most books. Thing is, we are looking for the free stuff. Just hit up Amazon’s Kindle store and ask it to sort by price: low to high, like this. There are plenty of books available for free, including many of the classics.
This is another eReader. Popular, but not quite as popular as the Kindle. The App, like all of the ones we are featuring today, is free. The nice thing is that B&N has a section dedicated to free Nook books. There is plenty to read. We found greats like Desire in the Dark Naughty Nooners and Erotic Tales. Okay, well maybe not, but Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is free, too, and looks like a fun read.
This is a site that offers free eBooks in ePub format. That means that the iPad’s native app, iBooks, will open those files. This is a great little place to look for books, and you may just find something you like. The best part is that while Amazon and B&N offer free books that for the most part seem like they are part of a discount rack at a store (i.e. the stuff that isn’t selling) this one has recommended books and it seems as if the person posting them took care to make sure that the books seemed interesting. That’s not saying that the free stuff on Amazon and B&N isn’t good–it is–but there is a lot of stuff to sort through.
4) Google Books
Google Books is another cool place to find stuff. The App is free, of course, and then you just shop Google’s online book shop and find the free stuff, which you can check out here ‘Best of Free‘ which is probably just the most popular downloads or highly regarded books.
Reading on the iPad
Reading on the iPad is actually pretty enjoyable. It’s not the best eReading experience around, but it’s nice to have a backlit screen. With the iPad 2, reading on the tablet has become even better. Though it doesn’t look much lighter on paper, once you hold the iPad 2 it definitely feels a good deal lighter. We don’t know if it’s just the shape or what. Still, the first iPad is as awesome as ever for reading, and if you already have an Apple tablet, may as well pick up a few free books. There’s a lot to enjoy out there, you just have to find it.
As for reading on the iPhone and iPod touch, they aren’t all that bad either. Because they are so small, they’re easier to hold while reading in bed. Nice way to read without disturbing your significant other.