How to Browse iBookstore on Your iPad

You have several ways to browse for books in the iBookstore. The top half of the screen shows ever-changing ads for books that fit a chosen category (Children & Teens in the example shown in the figure).

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But you can also browse Release Date in the particular category you have in mind. The left- and right-pointing arrows indicate more recent releases to peek at. Or tap See All for many more selections.

To choose another category of books, tap the Categories button to summon the list shown in the figure; you have to scroll to see the bottom of the list.

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Look at the bottom of the screen. You see the following icons:

  • Featured: Featured works are the books being promoted in the store. These may include popular titles or an author spotlight from the likes of Twilight writer Stephenie Meyer.

  • NYTimes: Short for The New York Times, of course. These books make the newspaper’s famous bestsellers lists, which are divided into fiction and nonfiction works. The top ten books in each list are initially shown. To see more titles, tap Show More at the bottom of the screen. You have to scroll down to see it.

  • Top Charts: Here Apple shows you the most popular books in the iBookstore. You find a list for Top Paid Books and Top Free Books. Drag your finger to the left of the screen to see more of the top books in each category.

  • Browse: Tapping the Browse icon lets you find books by poring through a list of popular authors, shown in a scrollable pane on the left half of the screen. When you tap an author’s name, a list of his or her available titles appears in a scrollable pane on the right.

  • Purchased: Tapping here shows you the books you’ve already bought, which you can download onto your iPad. In this area, you can also check out your iTunes account information, tap a button that transports you to iTunes customer service, and redeem any iTunes gift cards or gift certificates.

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