Originally Posted by Thomaspin
As regards iBooks, it is superb in every way. Shipping Winnie the Pooh with the iPad could not have made our 8 year old happier as he rediscovers the magic of this classic book which we take turns at reading when he goes to bed. The fun of racing him to mess with the page turning magic makes book reading so much more fun - for both of us!
I have not yet tried other portable book readers, however, I find iBooks on the iPad to rate in the just OK range. Reading outside is nearly impossible if you have any ambient light hitting the screen and glare is a big factor. Maybe some ingenious soul will design an iPad overlay screen (probably matte surface, and screen light) to cut that out and it will greatly improve the iPad's iBook readability. we REALLY need one! I even tried adjusting the brightness in the options but that did not help much at all.
Under the Day 6 subheading of "Why the iPad isn't for me" at MacWorld by Ben Long, he comments on his experience using iPad as a reader. http://www.macworld.com/article/1504..._everyone.html
I was not upset by his review and his own personal needs or uses as it does seem to point out some areas which may bother others. I did get an iPad (mostly for my daughter who is disabled and can use a very nice application to communicate or talk: Proloquo2go) and who does not need access to a full range of computer features she cannot use or be confused with -- I am very surprised by what she can access and use with her limitations. Netflix, YouTube, Pandora for music, some games, drawing apps, and others. The iPad would be great for some accessibility challenged users: Cerebral Palsy, Autism, Stroke victims, and more). It is also a great device for those less familiar with computers and computing including aging populations. Still it is also a nice extra device for those with web savvy or geek abilities who do not want to lug around a laptop or use a full featured computer all the time. I really like the iPad, though I am not sure reading on it would be as good as reading on another device unless I took a look at those.
PDFs, on the other hand, work really great in the iPad, and are much smoother to view and read than on a computer, except outside in some lighting conditions.