The best way I know to read Safari Books Online on the Ipad is the full web interface (not the mobile web version).
- Install an alternative to Safari called Perfect Browser that allows full-screen browsing.
- Browse to a Safari book.
- Enable HTML View and Full Screen. Without HTML View, the text doesn’t scale properly when you zoom.
- In Perfect Browser, hide the address bar and the tab bar.
- Display the table of contents on the left.
You are now browsing your Safari books full screen with a table of contents in sync. Double tap on a paragraph to zoom in and hide the TOC. Double-tap again and the TOC comes back.
Obviously flicking pages is not as smooth as with a PDF and you can’t read the books offline. We’ll have to wait for the next version of Safari To Go for that…
By the way Perfect Browser is not perfect: if it was it would be able to post to Twitter and Read It Later.