Reading an iBook on an iPad

Your iPad will have come with the iBooks app preloaded. You can use this app to find and read iBooks. iBooks are obtained from the iBooks Store. Some iBooks are free. Some you have to pay for. Your books are kept in your iBooks Library from where they can be opened and read. Readers who have Kindles will recognise this process.

What follows is a General Purpose Plan in the format used in the book Explore your iPad – for seniors, by Andrew Monk (available now as a free iBook and as a printed paper back for £6 from Amazon). This book begins with A recipe to do anything you want with an iPad. In summary, Ask yourself what words describe what I am trying to do; Look for words and touchscreen buttons; Touch; then Ask yourself what again, and so on. Think of the General Purpose Plan below as an aid to working in this way. First, look through all the italicised headings to understand the tasks you could do. Second, decide which of these tasks are relevant to what you want to do. Third, explore! Use the numbered actions as a further guide if you need to.

These plans are designed to be detailed enough to guide you through the process of achieving some goal, but general enough not to go out of date with new versions of the iPad and iPad apps. They are also written in the spirit of the book, which is one of learning by exploration rather than through instruction.

General Purpose Plan: I want to read an iBook on an iPad – so I may need to

Find the iBook in the iBook Store

  1. Open the iBooks app.
  2. Look at the touchscreen buttons at the bottom of the screen. The app will probably open in My Books (your Library of purchased books). Touch any one of the next three buttons: Featured, Top Charts or Top Authors.
  3. If you are looking for a specific book, touch the search box at the top right of the screen to bring up the touchscreen keyboard (see Glossary of touchscreen buttons if you are unsure what this means). Type in the name of the author, the title or some combination of words from each that you think might be unique (e.g., “monk ipad”). If this does not find the book change the words you are searching for until it does.
  4. If you are just browsing, look through Featured, Top Charts or Top Authors until you find something you want. Then touch the title to get the full listing.

Move the chosen iBook from the iBook Store to your Library (My Books)

  1. Look at the blue touchscreen button to the right of the title you wish to move to your library. This may be: (i) the price in $/£; (ii) Get, meaning this is a free book; (iii) Read, meaning you already have it in your library (easily done!)
  2. Touch the blue touchscreen button. You will be charged the cost of the book through your iTunes account unless it is a free one like Explore your iPad – for seniors. You may have to give your iTunes password.
  3. Touch the My Books touchscreen button at the bottom of the screen. iBooks will be listed with the one you have interacted with most recently at the top. In this case this should be the one you have just bought.
  4. Look at the listing for your book in the My Books list. There will be a Download touchscreen button (a cloud with an arrow pointing down in it, see Glossary) on the right of it. This indicates that the full content of the book has not yet been downloaded to your iPad. Touch it and the book will start downloading.

Read an iBook in your Library (My Books)

  1. Touch the book in the listing in My Books. If you are already reading it, it will open at the page you left it.
  2. If you are in the middle of reading another book, you can touch the top of the page to reveal some controls one of which is the word Library. Touching this will get you back to My Books.

Adjust the way the book pages are displayed (size of font and scrolling)

  1. Touch the top of the page to reveal some controls.
  2. Touching the AA touchscreen button allows you to adjust the size of the font used and the screen brightness. Note there are two ways of scrolling through the book. The default is a display that scrolls one page at a time when you touch the left or right hand side of the screen. The alternative scrolls continuously as you slide your finger up and down the screen. This is enabled by switching On the Scrolling View On/Off slider (see Glossary). Alternative font sizes are only accessible when Scrolling View is On.

Move to different pages (bookmarks, search and table of contents)

  1. Touch the top of the page to reveal some controls.
  2. Touching the Menu touchscreen button (3 horizontal lines top right, see Glossary) will display a table of contents. The table of contents is not always satisfactory. What you get depends on the way the book was created and whether Scrolling View is On or Off (see 2. above).
  3. Touching the Search touchscreen button (magnifying glass, see Glossary) will bring up a search box and the touchscreen keyboard.
  4. Touching the Bookmark touchscreen button (far right at the top) allows you to Add a bookmark to the page you are on. It also displays a list of the bookmarks you have previously added. To go to a previously added bookmarked page touch the entry in this list.