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Reading is a topic that a lot of us get fired up about, mainly because we all do so much of it. It’s a field many of us are very experienced in. When people make decisions about buying a hardcore or a softcover book, they’re using their experience to make that choice. That’s why talking about the perfect reading experience is so tough — no two people have the same tastes.

That’s my word of warning as I enter into this: the following article, even more so than usual, is nothing more than my opinion. But let me be the one to tell you, and I hope you’ll agree, my opinion is certainly the most correct one. I’ll start by saying that the new iBooks for iOS 7 is terrible. Whereas before, choosing between iBooks and Kindle was tough, the decision just got a whole lot easier. Quite simply, I’m about to tell you why I prefer the Kindle experience over iBooks.

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Over the past couple months, I’ve had the absolute pleasure of discussing the iPad and Professionals here on AppStorm. I’ve chatted about photographers/artists, filmmakers, musicians, journalists, medical professionals, stock analysts, and business owners. Today, I want to say I feel like we covered the gamut. This is the final post in AppStorm’s feature series on the iPad and Professionals. I want to take this opportunity to thank you for going on this journey with me and the rest of the AppStorm team.

Today’s post is going to go in a different direction than you might expect. We’re not talking about another professional category. Instead, we’re going to talk about the best ways to unwind after a long day. But because I care about yours and my well-being, I’m not recommending Angry Birds. I want your mind to be stimulated, even while you’re enjoying some time away from work. Here’s some of what I’m looking forward to after clocking out tonight.

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There are a multitude of apps and services that let you bookmark articles for reading later, just like there are plenty of apps that give you a clean, readable version of any article you give it. And don’t get me started on apps that let you share your content through a social network. Do you really need another timeline?

But how about a service that pulls all of these features together, making it much easier to clean up your articles, store them for later, annotate them and share them when you are done reading them? Yes, it exists, it’s called dotdotdot and it’s available for the iPad! Want to check it out?
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It’s Productivity Month on iPad.AppStorm! Throughout July, we plan to share with you all our tips, tricks, apps and resources to help you both improve your iPad experience and work better and more productively!

Let’s be honest: The iPad screen is almost perfect for PDFs. So why doesn’t the iPad handle them better? It’s not like it’s a terrible experience, but I’ve never once thought to myself that I’d love to sit down on my iPad and just go through some PDFs. I like to read screenplays sometimes, and they’re primarily available in PDF format. Reading them on my iPad, however, leaves something to be desired.

iBooks makes for an okay PDF reader, but it’s got a lot of missing functionality, for example, you can’t fill in a PDF form with iBooks. Recently, I bit the bullet and gave Readdle’s PDF Expert a try. I think it’s the best PDF app available, but there’s still plenty of room for improvement. Check out my detailed thoughts after the break.

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If you have a local library, you may well be used to visiting and borrowing books from it. But, did you know that there are many titles available to borrow as digital works? All you need is your library card, and a little app called Overdrive Media Console.

As well as borrowing written works, you can also borrow audiobooks, just as you would in person. The main difference is that with digital borrowing the digital title will check itself back in automatically and there are never any late fees.

So, grab your library card and follow us through a little walk-through of Overdrive Media Console.

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RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is a great way for people to stay up to date on the latest updates from their favorite websites. Google Reader has become one of the most popular RSS services available since it is free and easy to set up. Whilst Twitter might have replaced RSS for some users, I find value in knowing that there are certain websites that enable me to not miss any important updates. A quick search of the App Store leads to many app results for RSS apps that utilize Google Reader, including options such as Reeder, Mr. Reader, and Pulse but buried beneath the search results is a nice addition called Ziner.

Ziner’s tagline is “Where the simplicity of RSS returns.” Just one look at the screenshots and it can be hard to argue with that claim. Content is presented in a clean magazine format that can help remove the stress of the unread count. This raises a question which is: do consumers want simplicity with their RSS or would they prefer powerful callback features much like in Mr. Reader? One look at the new Mr. Reader update and the excellent review put together by Viticci makes a valid claim for more powerful RSS. Can simple still win in the RSS competition? Let’s dive in and take a look at Ziner to find out.

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Reading has become part of nearly every person’s life. Even if it’s just a quick glimpse at a sign when you’re walking through town or traveling about, you read things at least once a day. You were probably taught the alphabet and how to read a book when you were just a child, as most people were. Now, you’ve advanced to long novels like The Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones, among others. The only thing that’s changed about reading lately is the medium.

Before the release of e-readers and the iPad, people read tactile material, not PDFs or ePubs of their favorite books. Electronic books have become very popular lately, however. On an iOS device, there are a lot of ways to read books, but the two most popular are Amazon’s Kindle app and Apple’s iBooks. They both offer a good selection of the classics and New York Times bestsellers, but in all of iBooks’ existence, we at iPhone.AppStorm haven’t taken a deep look at the app. With its latest update, now is as good a time as ever. (more…)

I love books. As Elizabeth Scott once famously quipped, “I like that the moment you open one and sink into it you can escape from the world, into a story that’s way more interesting than yours will ever be.” Books are my best friends; they keep me entertained and encouraged. Whenever I feel depressed or need a shoulder to lean on, I turn back to a book, be it Jonathan Livingston Seagull or Goblet of Fire. iPad has evolved into a powerful, mobile library over the years, thanks in large to iBooks.

I can’t imagine how I’d survive my long and tedious ride to my office without my iPad, but the problem is finding the right book. We often rely on critics like the New York Times, who heavily rely on sales numbers to measure a book’s quality, to find our next book. But, more often than not, we walk away disappointed. Wouldn’t it be a better idea to listen to your like-minded friends rather than a complete stranger? That’s what GoodReads is all about. (more…)

When I was growing up, there were a whole gamut of shows dedicated to making me a more educated child. Between Sesame Street, The Electric Company and Reading Rainbow, I had it all.

Today, as the father of a toddler, I want my son to have similar experiences. As it turns out, now there’s a Reading Rainbow iPad app, full of all sorts of games and activities designed to stimulate the mind of a young reader. But does it stand up to the TV show’s legacy? Let’s find out. (more…)

There is a lot of content out there on the Web, huge swathes of fascinating and engaging content. The problem has become locating the good stuff amidst all the noise. The trend for pumping out fluffy content really quickly has been growing and it’s becoming increasingly more difficult to find those truly good, in-depth pieces. They’re out there somewhere. You just need a little help finding them.

Longform is an iPad application that attempts to help you to discover just that, long form content. Not only that, Longform provides you with a very nice place to read those pieces along with handy features for sharing and utilizing your other services. Let’s take a look at this app and do some reading!

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