You can download an application for the iPad called “iBooks,” produced by Apple. It’s an application that comes with a Winnie the Pooh book. It’s nice. The thing is that Apple’s iBooks app is locked into yesteryear’s notion of what a book is. It is 10000x better than Kindle because you get the real typesetting and illustrations from the book and it has a nice page-like animation that you can move with your finger. However, the app underestimates the capabilities of the platform.
Screenshots showing landscape and portrait versions of the Winnie The Pooh Book.
Alice in Wonderland for the iPad is, on the other hand, what an iPad book can be. It shows the real potential for books on the device. Alice was created as a standalone iPad app… not connected to the iBooks App (which only accepts a certain type of e-book format).
I imagine that after seeing the Alice in Wonderland iPad app, that Apple will rethink its iBooks App. But until they do, this blog will review only the books that are custom built to take advantage of the unique storytelling capabilities of the platform… those are stretch your imagination and reading experience. Until there’s a movement by Apple to allow publishers to weave animation and data into their books, this means that all books will be separate Apps.