There’s an advantage from one to the other, but what’s the better one? One can send documents via email straight to the app, the other can’t. One could be cheaper than the other, or vice-versa, but I find Kindle cheaper overall when purchasing books compared to iBooks. One has a link to the store, the other one don’t. One is interactive, the other isn’t interactive. Both apps list all your previously purchased books and magazines, but one has lists of what’s emailed to you previously so you can re-download without taking space on your iPad until you re-download.
iBooks Pros and Cons:
1. Books could be interactive, depending on the book you buy
2. They are in fine detail, especially on the new iPad (3rd Generation)
3. Great User Interface, it’s elegant, not boring
4. The Store is Integrated so you can browse within the app without a browser
5. Books are available to download without restriction to any country (Depends on the Publisher)
6. Payment is integrated into the App Store using your existing iTunes ID
1. The interactivity sometimes is slow and unresponsive, sometimes it would show an inverted color page from color to black and white
2. Books Availability are limited
3. More Expensive overall, but also has more Free Books to download
4. Loads my Library slow, no matter if I have 2 or 10, it takes a few seconds, sometimes longer.
5. Newsstand is separate
Kindle Pros and Cons:
1. Documents can be emailed to your iPad via the Kindle App with each iPad unique email address assigned to it
2. Archived sent Documents from email so you can re-download at a later times if you need to after deleting it from your iPad
3. Loads my Library fast
4. Newsstand is in one App
1. Not interactive
2. User Interface is bland
3. Need to use the Safari to browse Amazon Kindle Store
4. Valid Credit Card where Amazon are sold is needed to buy books, not available for South East Asia, not even to download Free Books.
5. Payment system is not integrated
6. You need to register in Amazon before you can download books, pay or free
Advantage of reading your books in either iBooks or Kindle App.
1. Highlighter for your Text
2. Note taking within the page
3. Bookmarks (Most Book Apps can do this)
4. Email your Documents (Kindle Only)
5. Interact with your books (iBooks Only when available)
1. Will tired your eyes after a few minutes, for me at most 20 minutes on the iPad
2. The iPad is heavier to read books than the Kindle
Overall, I don’t like the interactive part, and I don’t use it. However, it is fun when I read books from iBooks that has that ability to make it more fun for my kids. But for adults, there is no need for interactivity, it would just be a distraction. But the difference between the two are up and you just need to pick your choice. I have both, and I use both, it doesn’t hurt to have both anyway since both are free to download and use. Is there an alternative for these two? There are lots of alternative out there such as Stanza, Bookman, Google Books and more apps for the iPad.