5 Tips for iPad iBooks Users

One of the things I enjoy most about the iPad is the iBooks App and how great it is for bookworms. After using the App for over a month, I’ve come up with a list of items that may not be so obvious to others users and that make the iBook App indispensable. I have listed all of the tips below along with instructions so that you too can use them. If you have other iBooks tips or tricks to share, please post them below.

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1. Change the Tap Left Setting

When you are viewing a book on the iPad you can navigate the book by tapping on the left and right margins. By default the left margin is set to go to the previous page when you tap on it. If you wish to change the setting from previous page to next page, follow the steps below.

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1. Tap on Settings.

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2. Tap on iBooks in the Settings pane.

3. Tap on Tap Left Margin.

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4. Choose one of the following options:

  • Previous Page.
  • Next Page.

2. Navigate All of Your Bookmarks

This page is pretty cool because you can keep track of your progress while reading books.

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1. When you open the book in iBooks, tap on the Bookmarks button to browse your bookmarks

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All of your bookmarks will be listed.

3. Use the Built-in Dictionary to Learn New Words

Don’t know what a word means or want to know where Bohemia is?

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1. Tap and hold the word whose definition you are looking for.

2. A pop-over will appear with several options. Tap on Dictionary.

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A pop-over will appear with all of the information related to the word you selected.

4. Use the Search To Locate Words in the Book or on the Web

You can perform searches within the book you are reading or on the web. The search function can be accessed by selecting a particular word from the text or by using the built-in search box.

Select Text to Perform Search

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1. Tap and hold the word you wish to search for.

2. A pop-over will appear, tap on Search.

Proceed to Step 3 below.

Use Search Box to Perform Search

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1. Tap on the Search icon located on the top right corner.

2. Enter the words you wish to search for and tap on the Search key on the on-screen keyboard.

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The search results pane will appear.

3. If you wish to continue your search on Google or Wikipedia, tap on the appropriate button.

5. Customize the Fonts of Your eBooks

Change the font size displayed when reading books and use one of the 5 included fonts to suit your taste.

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1. To change the size of the fonts being used, tap on the font size icon a A.

2. Tap on the small a to reduce the size of the fonts and the large A to increase it.

3. If you would like to change the Font style, you can do this by tapping on the Fonts button.

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4. Tap on the font you wish to use.

  • Sehlat

    Is there any way to eliminate that annoying “page flip” animation? I’m used to reading on my Palm, where I click the “down” button and the next page is instantly up.

    • Not that I’m aware of…I’ve looked through the settings and can’t find
      anything to disable this.

    • Sehlat

      Thank you. Dang. Fortunately there’s Stanza, since I only buy DRM-free.

  • ted

    Is there an option to turn off the 2 page spread when your iPad is in the horizontal position?

  • Hey Gil,
    nice Post, I wish I could efford an iPad so I could try all those things myself. Do you prefer reading on an iPad to a normal book though?
    I especially like the dictionary function though.

    • Gil

      I’m really liking the reading on the iPad. The only thing that kinda bugs me is that the brightness cannot be set low enough to keep the back light from bugging your eyes when reading in the dark. Other than that I’ve had no problems reading on it…and trust me I’ve been doing tons of reading. Let me know if you want me to share more experiences on the iPad with you. Thanks.

  • Hey Gil,
    nice Post, I wish I could efford an iPad so I could try all those things myself. Do you prefer reading on an iPad to a normal book though?
    I especially like the dictionary function though.

  • Hey Gil,
    nice Post, I wish I could efford an iPad so I could try all those things myself. Do you prefer reading on an iPad to a normal book though?
    I especially like the dictionary function though.

  • Hey Gil,
    nice Post, I wish I could efford an iPad so I could try all those things myself. Do you prefer reading on an iPad to a normal book though?
    I especially like the dictionary function though.

    • Gil

      I’m really liking the reading on the iPad. The only thing that kinda bugs me is that the brightness cannot be set low enough to keep the back light from bugging your eyes when reading in the dark. Other than that I’ve had no problems reading on it…and trust me I’ve been doing tons of reading. Let me know if you want me to share more experiences on the iPad with you. Thanks.

    • Gil

      I’m really liking the reading on the iPad. The only thing that kinda bugs me is that the brightness cannot be set low enough to keep the back light from bugging your eyes when reading in the dark. Other than that I’ve had no problems reading on it…and trust me I’ve been doing tons of reading. Let me know if you want me to share more experiences on the iPad with you. Thanks.

    • Gil

      I’m really liking the reading on the iPad. The only thing that kinda bugs me is that the brightness cannot be set low enough to keep the back light from bugging your eyes when reading in the dark. Other than that I’ve had no problems reading on it…and trust me I’ve been doing tons of reading. Let me know if you want me to share more experiences on the iPad with you. Thanks.