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Apple Updates iBooks App with Nighttime Reading Theme, New Fonts, More


Apple released a version 1.5 update to their iBooks iOS app that provides a number of new features to the ebook application:
iBooks 1.5 adds the following new features as well as some stability and performance improvements:

- Nighttime reading theme makes reading books in the dark easier on the eyes.
- Full-screen layout lets you focus on the words without distraction.
- iBooks now features an improved selection of fonts, including Athelas, Charter, Iowan, and Seravek.
- Beautiful new classic covers for public domain books.
- Support for pop-up footnotes, included in select iBookstore titles.
- A redesigned annotation palette makes it easier to choose a color for your highlighted text.
iBooks is a universal app that supports iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. [App Store]



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94 months ago
Solid update. Loving full screen and dark modes
Rating: 9 Votes
94 months ago
Wow looks really nice. Can't wait to start reading in night and full screen modes!
Rating: 5 Votes
94 months ago
awesome finally no more settings brightness down black on white color setting change every night
Rating: 4 Votes
94 months ago
A good update, the night mode was one reason iBooks sucked in comparison to the others, though I'll be sticking with the Kindle app.
The Kindle version looks much the same, only it does away with the header and footer at top and bottom and the text goes to the edge of the screen. For an iPad it wouldn't be much of an issue and I'm sure iBooks would be fine, but for an iPod/Phone you want all the screen real-estate for text you can.
Rating: 3 Votes
94 months ago

Thanks to this update I can now read at night... oh wait. I could do that before. It's called Thomas Edison.


And you can commute to work by horse and buggy.

And your spouse must really love the "Thomas Edison" mode.
Rating: 3 Votes
94 months ago

The iPad needs dark mode system wide.


Go into settings>general>accessibility and turn on "white on black".
Rating: 3 Votes
94 months ago

Totally agree.


How do you guys even know Steve was the one who prevented those things?
Rating: 2 Votes
94 months ago

Thanks to this update I can now read at night... oh wait. I could do that before. It's called Thomas Edison.

:rolleyes: Yeah, I just love it when I'm trying to get to sleep and my spouse makes use of that Thomas Edison invention so he can read.

I think you kinda missed the point here. Night reading is for those who want to read in bed without turning on the lights. Usually, they go for this option because they don't want to disturb the person with whom they are sharing the bed--a boon for insomniacs. But it'd be very good for reading scary stories aloud around the campfire as well :p
Rating: 2 Votes
94 months ago
And it only took them two years to add a night mode despite it being one of the most consistently requested features for their app and a half dozen other apps already having the feature. Bravo. World-class foot dragging on their part. I mean I know people were shocked when it was revealed they only had one (or was it two) guys who actually worked on the Apple apps (hence why Remote stagnated for years), but come on. Add a few extra programmers to the Apple Apps division. I'm sure that $75 Billion can pay for a few extra programmers.

Reading books on LCD displays is bad enough for long periods of time, at least night mode makes it less strenuous on the eyes.
Rating: 2 Votes
94 months ago
Decent changes, I've been waiting for nighttime reading for a LONG time. The kindle app has always had nighttime reading so I've made all my purchases thru amazon.

The ibooks app is still handicapped in that there is still no way to view a book as one page when in landscape mode. The kindle allows this and is the only way I can read a book, I usually fold out my ipad cover so my ipad is leaning towards me and that only works in landscape mode. Unfortunately it's a good update, but not enough to sway me from exclusively using the kindle app.
Rating: 2 Votes

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