Apple Updates 'iBooks' With Illustrated Books, Collections, and AirPrint

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Apple today updated its iBooks application [App Store], adding a number of new features including enhanced support for illustrated books, a new "Collections" feature for organizing books into categories, and AirPrint compatibility for printing PDFs and notes.

- Experience fully illustrated books, from children's picture books to beautifully designed art books, available for download in the iBookstore.
- Organize your books and PDFs into personal Collections. Swipe left or right to jump between Collections.
- Print PDF documents and notes you've written in iBooks using AirPrint.
- iBooks now fits more words per page by automatically hyphenating text, available only on iOS 4.2 or later.

The focus on illustrated books had been pre-announced by The New York Times, which earlier today noted in an article on the ability for color readers to display enhanced image content in e-books that Apple would be rolling out a major push into illustrated books today with over 100 new titles in children's books, photography books, and cookbooks.

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The release comes just after the Canadian government granted approval for Apple to begin operating its iBookstore in the country.

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