Apple Announces Updated iBooks App With Continuous Scrolling

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At today's media event, Apple announced an update to its iBooks app for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The updated iBooks app will feature a new continuous scrolling option, support for more than 40 languages including Korean and Japanese, and the ability to share passages from books via Facebook and Twitter.

The new version of iBooks will be available later today as a free download through the App Store. [Direct Link]

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Posted: 25 months ago
STILL no app for mac, pc, or any other platform? **** that.
Rating: 8 Votes
Posted: 25 months ago

STILL no app for mac, pc, or any other platform? **** that.


I really thought today was the day with the inclusion of "Retina Display" on their "best selling Mac", the new 13" MacBook Pro. I expected to hear how crisp, how clear, and gorgeous the text is on the new MacBook Pro for reading iBooks.
Rating: 7 Votes
Posted: 25 months ago

Disappointed that the mods here aren't familiar with fsck, the command line file system check app.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fsck


Yeah right, you were just suggesting some file system management tools as a way to deal with the lack of cross-platform support for iBooks.
Nice try.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minced_oath
Rating: 4 Votes
Posted: 25 months ago

STILL no app for mac, pc, or any other platform? **** that.


Yup. I'm never buying anything on iBooks until things work with my Macbook/ iTunes.

Not reading books on my iPhone. No way.
Rating: 4 Votes
Posted: 25 months ago
Where is iBooks for Mac? That's what I was hoping for :-/

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The only explanation that seems plausible is that Apple thinks they can sell more iOS devices if iBooks is "exclusive". And there's no way they're getting that result.


This is my suspicion too. Apple wants iBooks to be an iOS exclusive. But who wants to spend money on a book they can only read on one device, when there are so many cross-platform alternatives out there? It's sad when Kindle offers a better option for eBooks across all your Mac devices than Apple itself is willing to offer.
Rating: 4 Votes
Posted: 25 months ago

STILL no app for mac, pc, or any other platform? **** that.


Disappointed that the mods here aren't familiar with fsck, the command line file system check app.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fsck
Rating: 3 Votes
Posted: 25 months ago

STILL no app for mac, pc, or any other platform? **** that.


Totally agree, i really think apple needs this feature, ibooks on mac !
Rating: 3 Votes
Posted: 25 months ago


Not reading books on my iPhone. No way.


I think you would be pleasantly surprised. It's really not as bad as you think, especially if you are reading in bed.
Rating: 3 Votes
Posted: 25 months ago
Continuous scrolling?! Wow. It's like a magical device that makes me believe I'm holding my Palm Zire 71 from 2003!

It's actually a decent option to have, it's just a bit embarrassing that they think that's worth making a fuss about in a big media event when half the Apple users on the planet are screaming 'where is my iBooks reader for OS X (and I'm all about Kindle until that happens)?'.
Rating: 2 Votes
Posted: 25 months ago

Like or not, it is because of DRM.


Which is particularly frustrating to publishing companies such as mine. When we submit our ebooks to the iBookstore, we ALWAYS choose the "No DRM" option. Yet, Apple still apparently slaps a layer of DRM onto everything it sells.

I don't even know why they bother to offer that option if it's not actually going to be honored.

As a publisher, I look forward to the day when all ebooks are DRM-free.
Rating: 2 Votes

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