Dictionary function on ipad/ibook

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    If your reading on your ipad and you come accross a word that you don't know can you touch it and then have the dictionary meaning flash on your screen?

    This would be a great feature to have! Especially if it also speaks the word for proper enunciation.

    Jim
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    Would be handy to help you learn a new language!
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    Interesting ... where did you get this information ?
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    As an Amazon Kindle owner I know that the Kindle does this. You have to move the cursor using the joystick to the word you want the meaning of and it automatically gives you the definition. If text to speech is enabled then you get to hear everything.

    Would come in very handy for the ipad.

    Best Wishes!
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    Just saw a video from the late night Jimmy Fallon show with a demo of the iPad and the iBook. It appears to have a dictionary function the same as the Kindle.
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    Got to the iBooks demo on the Apple site. You see the demonstration at some point. The demonstrator puts her finger over a word and leaves it there until a definition box opens. Same thing in the Pages software too.
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    ipad dictionary .....


    This is clearly the function i have to hide to my wife , if she see that i can be sure she will steal me one
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    yes, you can. and it works great.
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    The Barnes & Noble eReader also has this feature.
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    I use this dictionary feature when reading a book in iBooks.
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    Are you using dictionary.com from the APP store?
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    This is a built-in part of the iBooks app. To look up a word, you hold your finger (any finger, it doesn't matter) on the screen until the magnifying glass comes up. Drag it around the screen until the word you want is highlighted then lift you finger off the screen.

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    When you do that, you will get the option to

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    Copy the word to your clipboard so you can paste it somewhere else, look it up in the Dictionary, Highlight the word as if you used a highlighter (but you can remove the highlighting later), write a Note about that word on a virtual Post-It-Note that stays attached to the book (but you can also remove it later), or Search for that word elsewhere in the book or on Google or Wikipedia.

    Cool, huh?
    Last edited: Jul 28, 2010
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    The best ones I've seen are on Stanza.

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