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    • Initial Release: 1 Apr 2010
    • Vendor: Apple
    • Version: 3.2
    • Price: Free
    • Universal: Yes

    Steve Jobs once said people don't read any more. Luckily, he changed his mind and Apple's engineers and designers managed to break speed records in getting iBooks, the iOS answer to Amazon's Kindle, fast tracked onto the App Store in time for the original iPad event.

    Unlike music and video, iBooks doesn't have a separate store. The iBookstore is built right in to the App Store as its own section. Apple has also added iBooks Textbooks, and iBooks Author to their lineup, though iBooks Author still lacks iPhone support. With iOS 7, iBooks finally came to the Mac as well, and built-in! With the introduction of iOS 8 this fall, iBooks will also come built in to every iPhone and iPad.

    Once you've downloaded books to iBooks, whether they were free or purchased, you can highlight, markup, leave notes, and save as many bookmarks as you'd like. This makes it ideal for students and anyone else who is studying research materials. Not only can you store books in iBooks, you can also open and manage PDFs. There are several views available in iBooks that allow you to sort through and manage all your media easily. If you have notes that you've saved on books, you can also print them using AirPrint in just a few taps.

    While there are many different apps available in the App Store that allow you to purchase and read books, iBooks is supported throughout iOS which makes it a great tool for opening and managing documents on the go.

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    Court approves Apple's $450 million e-book settlement

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    What's on Joe's iPad right now!

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    How to restrict iTunes, iBooks, and App Store with parental controls for iPhone and iPad

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    As most folks already know, you can easily gift the gift of apps, books, movies, and more right from your iPhone or iPad. You can just as easily receive them from others as well. Have you ever wanted to take a look back at what items you've gifted to others, or make sure they actually redeemed...
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    Court approves Apple's $450 million e-book settlement

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    How to restrict iTunes, iBooks, and App Store with parental controls for iPhone and iPad

    Parental Controls, also known as Restrictions, let you manage which features, apps, and content your kids can and can't access on the iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad. That includes the iTunes Store, which sells music, movies, and TV shows, the iBooks Store, which sells ebooks, and the App Store,...
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    What's on Joe's iPad right now!

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