People are using Apple’s iPad for lots of things, but one of the key selling points for any tablet device is as an e-book reader. In that respect, and especially for Australian buyers, the iPad still looks like a work in progress.
At MacTheBlog, Alex Kidman compares the iPad’s own iBook application with the iPad-specific apps of its two main bookstore rivals, It’s no surprise that right now there’s no content in the iBooks store that isn’t public domain. What is surprising, and potentially annoying for iPad owners, is how poorly the rival applications perform. Kindle uses an odd mixture of its own reader and the Safari browser, while Kobo’s application mangles existing files:
For whatever reason, the App interprets the same ePub files with a slight offset on every page. It’s rather like someone has grabbed a physical copy and jammed it too tightly into a photocopier, leaving the margin of one page spilling onto another.
Apple advertised for a local iBooks manager back in March, so the situation should improve eventually. Hopefully they’ll also address another concern for early adopters, a lack of metadata that would make browsing easier. Hit the post for full details of where else the iPad needs to beef up its books performance, and share your own thoughts on using it for reading in the comments.
A little light reading [MacTheBlog]