Already 3 weeks of using my new Apple iPad 2, and I am loving it! My primary purpose if for e-reading. Today is the eve of the annoucement of the new iPad 3.
Well, me personally, I wanted to have an e-reader. I found that I could not carry my bookshelf (My Bookshelf) along with me, despite the availability of the PDF or epub version of the books. That’s was sad because I so want to read (or go through again) the books. And this urge tempted me to purchase iPad 2 on 13 Feb. 2012 at eShop Caudan, Port Louis. Since then, I am a happy e-reader!
Apple iPad (iBooks)
Apple iPad’s iBooks application can read .epub format e-books. In order to read your .epub book on the iPad, you’ll need to sync the book file to iBooks.
1. Open up iTunes and verify that you have the latest updates for the iBooks app. 2. Navigate to “Books” in your iTunes library. You should see any other books you have synced to iBooks. 3. Drag the .epub file into the iTunes Books library. 4. Plug in your iPad device. 5. Click on the device then navigate to the “Books” syncing preferences. 6. Check “Sync Books” and either:
• “All books” will put your entire iTunes library of books on your device. • “Selected books” will require you to check the box next to the books you want to read on your iPad. Check
the box next to the book title. 7. Click “Sync” to sync your iPad.
When you open up the iBooks application, your Rockable Press book will appear in your library. Enjoy!
Then furthermore, the joy of reading latest issues of magazines or the New York Times on the Newsstand:
I have subscribed to Newsweek and hence can download the latest issue of the magazine, as soon as they are available for download.
Below is a help on How-To navigate in a Magazine.
I find it super-interesting to view the high-quality photos, the tweet updates, the social bookmarking options and most importantly the ability to view Videos featured in the magazine. That’s awesome. Furthermore, for purchasing books (The Kindle Edition) from Amazon.com, there is the Kindle App for iPad.
On the other hand, there are some arguments against e-reading outlined int the Gizmodo.com post: Reading Books on a Tablet is Dumb
It is argued that tablet device has a distracting nature: Our emails, IMs, and apps are perpetually notifying us about new things.
Extract from The New York Times article:
People who read e-books on tablets like the iPad are realizing that while a book in print or on a black-and-white Kindle is straightforward and immersive, a tablet offers a menu of distractions that can fragment the reading experience, or stop it in its tracks.
E-mail lurks tantalizingly within reach. Looking up a tricky word or unknown fact in the book is easily accomplished through a quick Google search. And if a book starts to drag, giving up on it to stream a movie over Netflix or scroll through your Twitter feed is only a few taps away.
My Personal Opinion:
I agree that one is tempted to check the incoming mail upon hearing the “New Email sound notification” or comment on the Facebook notification on a photo or status update etc… But, anyway, there is the Airplane mode!!
At first, I thought that tablet computing would not really be reinvented. however, I was wrong!
Feel proud to be owner of another Apple Product
My Macbook Pro is finally on Mac OS X 10.6.8! It feels great to be on Snow Leopard (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mac_OS_X_Snow_Leopard)
How I got the installation?
After getting some hints from the Tweet People, I finally decided to go to an iShop, and requested to purchase a Snow Leopard License (which is USD 29, around 900 Mauritian Rupees). I was then upgraded from 10.5.8 to 10.6.8 and despite getting advice to upgrade to Mac OS X 10.7 (i.e Lion), I said ‘No Thank You, for the time being’. Any ways, now that I have access to Mac App store, I can purchase Mac OS X Lion and then do the installation. Also, my iLife has been upgraded to iLife 2011!
Honestly, I have no idea whether I should purchase a license costing around Rs. 3600 to upgrade my Mac Office 2008 to the latest version Mac Office 2011. There is only Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint in the Home & Student Edition. If you want Microsoft Outlook, the price is around Rs. 8000.
In brief, I spent a nice half-day at the iShop today, felt like home. I am definitely tempted to purchase some cool gadgets for my iPhone. There are Apple Fan guys who come in the shop, enjoy the Mac Products or purchase new stuff. The salesguys have a nice job selling Apple Products as they meet almost All types of customers who visit the iShop.
The last discussion before I leave the shop, was obviously ‘you know, contrary to Microsoft Windows………. ‘ 🙂