Apple iPad Does Not Ship With iBooks App By Default

This might be a little irritating for folks who were thinking of using the iPad as an eBook reader, but it seems that the iBooks application is not available by default on the App Store. Of course, it shouldn’t be too big a deal to download it from the App Store, but this could bring up a couple of undesirable situations:

  • iBooks probably won’t be available in the App Store in countries where apple doesn’t have any content to offer.
  • If you’re giving it as a gift to someone who’s not familiar with tech (such as a relative), the lack of the app might be troublesome

The excerpt from Apple reads: “The iBooks app is a great new way to read and buy books. Download the free app from the App Store and buy everything from classics to best sellers from the built-in iBookstore.”

As things stand, it seems the apps that will be included with the iPad are quite similar to that of the iPhone, which includes: Calendar, Contacts, Notes, Maps, Videos, YouTube, iTunes, App Store, Settings, Safari, Mail, Photos and iPod.

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