One of the negatives is that iBooks doesn’t really sync PDFs, eBooks, and other items between devices, with the lone exception, of course, being books that were purchased in the iBooks Store. That’s an import function that Apple seems intent on ignoring. I would be happy if iBooks would store items on iCloud so they would be available on other Apple devices. No. Can. Do.
So, I’ve been searching for an alternate eBook reader to use until Apple gets its collective head out of the sound. Honestly, the pickings are plenty, but not pretty. My latest try is called Kitabu and it’s free for the Mac.
What you get is decent but won’t overwhelm you with features. Like iBooks and other eBook readers Kitabu has a bookshelf which makes it easy to select from a library of reading items. It handles ePub format decently, including options to customize text color, fonts, background, and the like.
One feature I like in particular is the book pane selection. eBooks can be display in multiple panes; one, two, or three. eBook readers are not exactly rocket surgery or brain science, so there’s little to no learning curve with Kitabu.
On the negative side, there’s no Kitabu for iPad or iPhone, both of which are used for eBook reading more than the Mac, so no syncing of an eBook library between devices, and, for whatever reason, no support for reading PDFs (which is built in to iBooks).