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Free iPad Reading Apps

Apple iPad is an awesome device for reading books - the screen is brilliant, the text and graphics are perfectly legible and it almost feels like you reading a real book. Here we check out the best, most must-have reading apps for your iPad.

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eBook Reading Apps for iPad: Kindle for iPad

Free - iTunes link

Amazon's Kindle eBook reader for iPad isn't as good looking as Apple's iBooks but simply has the largest library of titles and the most cross-platform support on the market. If you're looking for a book chances are you'll find it for the Kindle app, and if you buy it you'll be able to read it on iPhone, iPad, Kindle devices, and other smartphones. Better still, if you stop reading it on one device, thanks to WhisperSync you can pick up right where you left off on another device. Universal app – download once, use on iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.

Related free eBook reading apps for iPad:
iBooks from Apple which supports PDF, bookmarking, highlighting, and picture books.
Free - iTunes link

eBook Reading Apps for iPad: Zinio

eBook Reading Apps for iPad: Zinio

Free - iTunes link

Since neither Apple nor anyone else has been able to provide a real, multi-publisher iTunes-like experience for magazines, it’s hard to pick one app as the best. Zinio at least comes close, with support for a wide variety of magazines across a wide array of devices. We’re still waiting for our next-generation iMags but this will hold traditionalists over until we get there. Universal app - download once, use on iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.

Newspaper Reading Apps for iPad: Press Reader

Newspaper readers for iPad: Press Reader

Free - iTunes link

Press Reader is much like Zinio, an attempt to provide a one-stop shop, in this case for newspapers. It boasts 1700 international papers in its library. Again, we’re still waiting for Apple to pick up the subscription ball with an iNews-type solution, but in the meantime Press Reader gets the job done. Universal app – download once, use on iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.

Comic book readers: Comics

Comic book readers for ipad: Comics

Free - iTunes link

Comics by comixology is the closest thing to a unified comic books store on iOS. It helps that they also make the Marvel, DC, and Image apps using the same engine, but their own Comics apps is the only place to get stuff from all those publishers all in one place. The experience is the same across comics, Marvel, DC, and Image — browse or search for books, download free samples, buy issues. You create an account, so you can access your library from other devices, like iPhone as well. Unfortunately some storylines don’t have all issues available, and there are no bundled “trade paperback” style purchases… yet. Universal app – download once, use on iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.

Web readers: Flipboard

Web readers for ipad: Flipboard

Free - iTunes link

Flipboard takes all the stuff you care about - articles and pictures shared by your Facebook and Twitter friends along with the latest relevant headlines and presents them, with content and social comments, in a gorgeous, tactile iPad interface. A recent update has even added Google Reader support for RSS. You can customize it to your hearts content and share your own comments back. It’s the closest we’ve come yet to a communal magazine.

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