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Install NOAA Radar HD
The iPad mini screen is perfect for detailed weather tracking and the NOAA Radar app is great. It gives near real-time radar images of your immediate area and the big picture too. The app looks great and is extremely useful.
Change the iBooks reading font
The iPad mini lacks the Retina Display of its bigger sibling which can make reading ebooks less enjoyable. That's a shame as the smaller size of the iPad mini is perfect for reading books.
The book reading playing field can be leveled by simply setting the font in iBooks to a cleaner font. Open up the fonts menu at the top right of the screen and test the different fonts to see which appeals to you. I find the Seravek font to look great on the iPad mini and recommend giving it a look.
Hat tip to @treestman for pointing out how nice this font looks in iBooks.
If you use the Kindle app for reading books instead of iBooks check the next tip to make that better.
Change the Kindle font and line spacing
If you use the Kindle app instead of iBooks you can make reading books a joy on the iPad mini. Open up the fonts menu at the top right of the Kindle app screen and set the font to Helvetica which is much better than the default font.
You may want to also set the line spacing to the tightest setting on the left which displays the most content on each page no matter how big the font.