iBooks Arrives at App store Ahead of iPad Launch

Apple’s iBooks app for the iPad arrived at the App Store on Friday, a day ahead of the multimedia tablet’s official launch. iBooks is the iPad’s ebook reader application and offers access to Apple’s iBookstore for purchasing books from many of the big-name publishers.

iBooks includes five different fonts and multiple font sizes for reading books, the ability to search for characters, words and phrases in books, the ability to highlight words and passages, support for books formatted with the ePub standard, and includes a free copy of A.A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh.

The iPad will be available at 9AM local time on Saturday, April 3rd. It includes a 9.7-inch multi-touch display, supports most iPhone apps, offers Bluetooth keyboard support, includes Wi-Fi connectivity, and and at the end of April models with 3G wireless data access will be available, too.

iBooks requires an iPad. The app is free and is available at Apple’s iTunes-based App Store