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iBooks: After an uninspiring start it's finally beginning to get exciting

We have read quite a number of books on the iPad, some via bespoke apps, others through Apple's own iBooks app. Though the experience is nearly always an enjoyable one, we have to say that it's certainly not our favourite iPad activity.

The problem with iBooks is twofold

Firstly, the selection on offer, at least in the UK, has been very poor. Search for your favourite author and you'll most likely be disappointed. After a few disappointments your excitement wanes... The second issue that we have with iBooks is the limited typographical and design controls that are made available to book publishers. Some books, especially illustrated publications like children's books, simply need a richer format.

Fortunately things are changing

Not only is the range of books available for purchase in the iBooks Store increasing week by week, but it's now possible to add ePub books to your iBooks library directly from any iPad web browser. When combined with iBooks' superb PDF support, the iPad is well served for digital books.

The other important change is the introduction of enhanced books within the iBooks Store. Enhanced books offer almost all of the advantages of traditional print; high resolution photos and pixel precise page layouts with non-standard type faces are very common.

Why not check out a few samples of this new enhanced book format? In the UK we can certainly recommend Landscape Photographer of The Year by AA Media Ltd. At £9.99 it's quite pricey, but it contains some equisite photography and serves as a nice way to demonstrate the beauty of the iPad display. The images within this article give an indication of the quality of the photography and type faces on offer.

We plan to feature more electronic books here on iPad Creative. Please let us know if you find any - in the iBooks Store or otherwise - that you feel our readers might like.