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Apple’s iBooks e-reader app now available for iPhone

One of the biggest benefits of Apple’s new iOS 4 software – released last night – is that iPhone and iPod touch owners can now get Apple’s iBooks app. It’s available as a free download from the App Store, having been previously restricted to iPad.

CEO Steve Jobs showed it off at the company’s recent WWDC conference – the iPhone version works exactly the same as its iPad big brother, and you can sync your purchases and bookmarks between the two devices.

Yes, A.A. Milne fans, you also get the same free Winnie-the-Pooh e-book download.

The new version also supports new features like PDF reading: you can open and read PDFs sent to you by email, and store them in the iBooks app for later reference too.

I’ve been trying it out, and it’s fair to say that reading an e-book on iPhone isn’t as satisfying an experience as on the iPad’s bigger screen. But it’ll do for those moments when our iPad isn’t to hand – just this morning I was hanging off a pole in a tube train using it, for example.

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