How to download and read iBooks and Kindle eBooks on your new iPad

Now that you've got your new iPad and you've set it up perfectly, you'll definitely want to check out how awesome it is to read books on the gorgeous new retina display. Text looks better than ever and reading on an iPad has never been more enjoyable. Whether you want to use Apple's own iBooks service, Amazon's Kindle powerhouse, or something different, we've got you covered.


How to use the iBooks bookstore on your new iPad

Apple's own iBooks and iBookstore are a great way to purchase and read books as well as save PDF documents from the web. Many free and paid books are available directly on your iPad through the iBookstore.

From the latest novels to the best non-fiction to high school textbooks to cartoons like Bloom County and comics from Marvel, you'll think you're looking at digital paper.

iBooks is a free download from the App Store.

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Once you've got iBooks installed, it's simple to download books.

iBooks bookshelf on your new iPad

  1. Open iBooks and tap Store in the upper left hand corner. The bookshelf will turn around to show you the iBooks bookstore. You can browse for books from here just as you'd browse for apps or any other type of media in iTunes or the App Store.

How to preview a book in iBooks on your new iPad

  1. If you find a book you think you may be interested in, you can download a preview before buying if you'd like via the Get Sample button.
  2. Once you've decided to buy, just tap on the price and it'll ask you to tap it again to confirm the purchase.
  3. Enter in your iTunes password and your book will begin downloading.
  4. When you go into the iBooks app, you'll now see your new book on the book shelf. Just tap into it to start reading.

Kindle for iPad

iBooks isn't the only way you can read eBooks from your iPad. The Kindle app for iPad is a free download from the App Store and if you've already got a Kindle collection built, you'll probably want access to those books. Simply download the app and sign into your Amazon account to access all your purchased books. Best of all, it's just been updated for Retina on iPad.

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Allyson Kazmucha

iMore senior editor from 2011 to 2015.