If you have an iPad and appreciate a good horror story, go and get Dracula: The Official Stoker Family Edition. As you might guess from the name, there are several "book" apps entitled Dracula but this one actually has the blessing of Bram Stoker's family, and once you run the app, you'll see why. The story comes to life with an amazing number of animations and sound effects. There are over 600 illustrations alone. This is no eBook... it's more like book ported to an adventure game engine. You might think you know the story of Dracula, but the details from Bram Stoker's original 1897 novel are probably new to most of us.
MarketWatch's Cody Willard has put together a number of top-5 lists for iPhone and iPad apps. Check it out if you want to see what he feels are the 5 best iPhone apps for email, humor, getting things done, stock market quotes, and making music. And he offers up the top 5 iPad apps for Wikipedia, business travelers, reading, and toddlers.
Todd Bernard did a nice write up on vBookz back in Aug. Well V2 of vBookz came out and although there are few cool new things about it; like:
This is an update to my previous all-in-one PDF iPhone / iPad reader roundup published HERE.
I haven't elaborated on some subjects in the original article. Let's take a closer look at them.
1.) JPEG2000 images embedded in PDF files with aren't supported – they simply aren't shown.
To quickly fix this issue, before transferring the file to your iOS device, just open it in OS X's Preview and select File / Save As.
An example of this showing the page of Building iPhone OS Accessories Devices by Apress with the missing images (click the images for the full-sized version of much better quality):
I've written about some cool iPad book apps before, specifically vBookz and The Pedlar Lady of Gushing Cross. Both apps are great examples of why the iPad is more than just a big iPod touch. The large screen makes it practical to view books with more than a paragraph displayed at a time.
My first article for Thaddeus Publishing, makers of iPhone Life, was printed in 1992 and it was entitled "On the road with my HP 95LX." I am about to go on another road trip, for Voices That Matter iPhone Development Training in Philadelphia. Technically, it's a train trip, and with a nearly ten hour commute each way, I want to be prepared. My iPad is not the 3G model so I am looking for apps that let me load up on reading material for the ride. I could get some books via iBooks, but I'm more of a magazine guy.
Here are the apps plus one accessory that I use most often during my down time. I can't guarantee they are best in their class, but I can strongly recommend each one.
Head-to-head comparison of Apple's iBooks app with Amazon's Kindle app, B&N NOOK, eBooks by Kobo, and Stanza
Despite numerous attempts, I never thought the iPhone was well suited as an eBook reader (see the Summer, 2009 issue of iPhone Life: iphonelife.com/issues/Summer09/eBooksOniPhone). Despite having a number of apps available for the purpose, there were too many problems associated with the small display. I stuck with my Amazon Kindle, which provided a fantastic reading experience and was backed by Amazon's vast selection of eBooks. I thought I'd be perfectly happy with it for a long time, but along came the iPad and everything changed.
There's no reason to lug around your paperback and hardcover books if you've got an iOS device. Whether you're looking for best sellers, classics, poetry, scripture, graphic novels, kid's titles, or even the iPad Users Guide, you'll find them in the App Store's Books category and through the eBook readers there. The free eBook reader apps that link to online stores let you download popular eBook titles that don't have stand alone apps.
I've written before about the power of a truly interactive multimedia eBook reader, but two iPad apps have really taken the idea and run with it. The Pedlar Lady of Gushing Cross is a unique children's book with a hauntingly stark design.