When I wrote and published my iBook book, Starting From Day One: Using the Day One Journaling App to Record and Enrich Your Life, it and other iBooks couldn’t be read on the iPhone, but now they can. That’s right, books authored in iBooks Author are now supported by the iPhone app, and it makes perfect sense, especially for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6+ users.
Because of their multimedia features (media galleries, pop-ups, embedded video and audio, interactive maps, etc.), iBooks could only be read on the iPad. But last month, Apple released support for iBooks on the iPhone iBooks app, which is a free download from the iTunes Store.
Reading on iPhone 6
I’ll admit that I read most of my ebooks on the iPad version of the Kindle or iBooks readers, because the device has the size and feel of a regular book. But there are times when I pull out my iPhone and knock out a few pages of reading when don’t have my iPhone with me. The screen size of the iPhone 6 (and naturally the 6+) are sufficient to comfortably for reading ebooks on the device, though not for perhaps long extended periods of time.
As with other reader apps, the text and the screen of ebooks can be enlarged for easier reading. And as with iBooks on the iPad, the multimedia features work on the phone as well.
For many users, the iPhone 6/6+ replaces the need for the iPad because of the accessible screen size and portability of the devices.
With the new iPhone support of iBooks, I can see books, or versions of books, being written and optimized for the phone. For example, an iBook of journaling prompts would work great for the phone, allowing users to browse and respond to prompts either on their digital journal app, such as Day One, or in their paper notebook.
Books created specifically for the iPhone might be less text heavy, and laid out for easy browsing and annotating. And yes, iBooks annotation tools are also available and iPhone app.
I’m not sure how many NaJoWriMo participants actually use the iPad and/or iPhone for reading and writing. If you do, I would love to hear from you about what you think of the iBooks reader and e-book reading in general. Have you switched to e-book reading, or do you still prefer traditional paper book reading?
Also, if you’re interested in my book, you can download sample chapters of the book from the iTunes Store. I welcome your feedback on the book.