Author: Michael Evans
If you are wondering whether to stock up on Kindle books or to wait for the iBookStore experience on your new iPad, here's a word to the wise from Jeremy Horwitz, editor-in-chief of iLounge. Jeremy looks in detail at the two main apps – Kindle and iBooks – and weighs up the pros and cons. But he also goes on to discuss two dedicated book apps where you buy the whole thing as a package. One is Alice for iPad, an illustrated, colourful rendition of the famous Lewis Carroll story; this doesn't do much for me, but then I'm probably not the target reader.
Much more exciting is a wonderful interpretation of Theodore Gray's The Elements: A Visual Exploration. It's a pretty boring subject for the average reader, but the stunning representation of all 118 elements shows just what can be done with electronic books. I'm about as interested in the subject as I am in flower arranging, but I can see my buying this app just for the visual effect. It's also wonderful iPad-bore material for a night at the pub.