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iPad Reading Apps: Kindle vs. iBooks

I am an avid reader. I try to read at least 52 books a year. And up until the fall of 2011, I fought the whole e-book trend. But on September 17, 2011, I received my first e-book reader: a Kindle keyboard. And my conversion from being a print book reader to an e-book reader began.  

While I enjoyed my Kindle, there were certain things that it just can't do very well or at all. For example, while you can underline on the Kindle reader, because the screen is only black and white, it's only a thin line.

On my smartphone (at the time, sadly, I wasn't an iPhone guy), I was able to download the free Kindle reading app, but the small screen size wasn't great for reading long term on, except in a pinch. 

Then in April 2014, I purchased the iPad Air and downloaded the iPad Kindle reading app (free) and now no longer read books on my Kindle. I read all my books on my iPad Air. I love how because the iPad is color, I can highlight my e-books on the Kindle reading app in color. 

However, the Kindle reading app isn't the only e-book reading app available for the iPad. There is a little known app call iBooks (free)

Both the Kindle reading app and iBooks are free and both are pretty similar to how they work including giving you options to choose the screen color, font size, color, and type. They are each cloud based and allow you to download books for offline use. 

With the Kindle reading app, you cannot purchase new e-books in the app. Instead, you have to go to Amazon, purchase the e-book there and send it to the iPad.

While I am a huge Apple fan, I am sticking with the Kindle reading app for two main reasons:

  1. I have accumulated many, many books on my Kindle account. 

  2. The prices for e-books at Apple tend to be higher, though not always.

Of course, I've only mentioned two of the reading apps available for the iPad.

What about you?  What is your go-to reading app for your iDevice and why?  What features do like about your favorite reading app? 

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