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How to download books on your iPad using iBooks

How to download books on your iPad using iBooks

iBooks puts a virtual bookstore at your fingertips

by Emily Price on March 21, 2011


Before you can download any digital books, you need a virtual bookshelf to keep them all on. For your iPad, that comes in the form of the iBooks app. Begin by downloading iBooks. Tap the App Store icon on your home screen, and type "iBooks" into the search box. When you find the app, tap the grey rectangle marked "Free" to download iBooks to your iPad.

Browsing and buying
Tap the iBooks icon on your iPad's home screen in order to open it. iBooks will show you an empty bookshelf the first time you use it, because you haven't downloaded any books yet. Tap the store button at the top left of the screen in order to launch the iBookstore. The bookstore is very similar to the App Store, except that instead of applications, all of the entries are book titles.

If you know the title of the book you are looking for, you can type its title in the search box on the top right of the screen. This is the most straightforward way to find the book you want. However, if you don't know the title (or aren't sure what you're looking for in the first place and feel like hunting around), the bookstore offers several navigation buttons at the bottom of the screen to help you find the literary masterpiece of your dreams.

iBookstore

  • Featured The iBookstore will automatically launch featured book titles on its main page. The Featured tab in iBooks shows a few selections made by Apple that it thinks will be popular for one reason or another. (One of these reasons is that the publisher has paid Apple money to promote the book, which comes as no surprise.)
  • Top charts The Top Charts tab lists some of the most popular and most recommended books currently available. Books are organized by Top Paid Books and Top Free Books, so if you're looking for a free book or two, this is an ideal place to start your search.
  • NYTimes The NYTimes tab lists current titles on The New York Times best sellers list. Titles are organized by fiction and nonfiction selections.
  • Browse The Browse tab allows you to search through available titles by author or category. If you're not sure exactly what book you're looking for, then this area will allow you to peruse at will to find something you might be interested in.

Bookshelf

Filling your shelves
Find a title you like? Download the book by tapping the gray rectangle beside the title, which will list its price (or "Free"). Tapping on the rectangle once will turn the price to a green Get Book button. Tap the box again to make your purchase and add the book to your bookshelf.

By default, your iBookstore purchase will be charged to the same place as your iTunes account. If your payment information isn't current, you may be prompted to correct it before your download begins.

Your book purchase will now be stored on your virtual bookshelf on the iPad. Tap the book on your bookshelf in order to open it and start reading!

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