iBooks

By MacRumors Staff
iBooks is Apple's dedicated app for eBooks, audiobooks, and PDFs on iOS device and Macs. iBooks includes a built-in platform for purchasing both eBooks and audiobooks, called the iBooks Store. iBooks supports the ePUB platform and has tools for adjusting the reading experience, such as different text sizes, fonts, and background colors.

iBooks is a built-in app that comes pre-installed on Macs and iOS devices.

iBooks Articles

Apple Discontinuing iBooks Author on July 1, Encourages Writers to Transition to Pages

Wednesday June 10, 2020 11:38 am PDT by
Apple today sent out an email to iBooks Author users, letting them know that the Mac app is being discontinued on July 1 and removed from the App Store. In the email, Apple says that following the inclusion of book creation tools in Pages, the company's new focus will be on developing features for the Pages app.Thank you for being a member of the iBooks Author community. We have some news to ...

Apple Previews Redesigned Books App Coming in iOS 12

Tuesday June 12, 2018 9:35 am PDT by
Apple today shared an in-depth preview of the all-new Books app for iPhone and iPad coming in iOS 12 later this year. As shown on stage at WWDC 2018 last week, the Books app has been completely redesigned with the following tabs:Reading Now displays all of the books you are currently reading or listening to. A new "Want to Read" section allows you to keep a wishlist of books you are...

iBooks App Expected to Feature 'Today' Section on iOS 12

Thursday March 22, 2018 7:34 am PDT by
Apple's revamped iBooks app on iOS 12 will likely feature a "Today" tab that promotes books, authors, and related content on a daily basis. That's according to Japanese blog Mac Otakara, which reports that Apple appears to be headhunting employees from publications to build out an editorial team that would curate the content to appear in the Today tab of iBooks. Apple has posted a series of i...

'The One Device' Book Covering 'Secret History' of iPhone Available June 20

Tuesday June 13, 2017 9:33 am PDT by
June 29 will mark ten years since the original iPhone went on sale in the United States. And just days before the anniversary, a new book detailing the smartphone's so-called "secret history" is set to be released. The One Device: The Secret History of the iPhone, by technology journalist Brian Merchant, reflects on how the iPhone transformed the world and turned Apple into the most valuable ...

Apple Shares Promo Videos for George R. R. Martin's 'A Song of Ice and Fire' Enhanced iBooks Exclusives

Thursday December 22, 2016 3:28 pm PST by
On its YouTube channel, Apple today shared three videos promoting iBooks exclusive enhanced versions of titles from George R.R. Martin's popular "A Song of Ice and Fire" series. Each video features Martin talking about one of the books in the series, starting with "A Game of Thrones," which is the first book. In the two minute video, which is accompanied by artwork, Martin speaks about one of...

Apple Names Best Music, Movies, TV Shows, Podcasts, and Books of 2016

Tuesday December 6, 2016 7:49 pm PST by
Apple today published its top 2016 content picks for the iTunes Store and the App Store, choosing the best apps, music, movies, TV shows, podcasts, and books of the year. "One Dance" from Drake was named Apple's Top Song of 2016, while Drake's "Views" Album was named the Top Album of the Year. Other top songs, which are available via an Apple Music playlist, include Rihanna's "Work," Flo...

Apple Debuts New 'iBooks Storytime' tvOS App With Read-Aloud Books for Kids

Thursday November 10, 2016 4:30 pm PST by
Apple has quietly introduced a new tvOS app for kids called "iBooks Storytime," designed to allow children to read along with interactive books on their television sets. iBooks Storytime features a selection of children's books from the iBooks Store that feature Read-Along capabilities. Read-Along books are audio-enhanced with different character voices, vivid sound effects, and word-for-word...

Apple and George R.R. Martin Debut 'A Game of Thrones' Enhanced Edition iBook

Thursday September 29, 2016 8:38 am PDT by
Apple today launched an "Enhanced Edition" for A Game of Thrones [Direct Link], the first book in George R.R. Martin's fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire (via The Guardian). The new digital edition marks the 20th anniversary of the release of the novel, and its four subsequently published sequels are also coming soon in the new remade format: A Clash of Kings (October 27), A Storm of Swords (De...

Apple Launches iBooks Instagram Page to Share Book Quotes, Reviews, and More

Monday August 1, 2016 5:53 am PDT by
Earlier this weekend, Apple began promoting book-related content with a new Instagram account centered around its iBooks digital platform. The launch of the iBooks Instagram page coincided with the release of the script for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which the account posted about yesterday. Apple also wished author J.K. Rowling a happy birthday through its new verified Instagram...

Audiobooks Purchased From Apple Can Now Be Re-Downloaded Through iCloud

Thursday March 10, 2016 11:43 am PST by
Apple recently updated its policy on audiobooks, allowing customers who have purchased audiobooks directly from Apple to re-download them using iTunes in the Cloud through iBooks on iOS devices or through iTunes on a Mac or PC. Audiobooks are now listed in a customer's iBooks purchase history and can be re-downloaded just like standard e-books. According to a support document on downloading...

Periscope Named Apple's App of the Year in Best of 2015 Charts

Wednesday December 9, 2015 8:04 am PST by
Apple has published its annual Best of 2015 charts for the App Store, iTunes and iBooks Store, naming live video platform Periscope its App of the Year and Tomb Raider puzzler spinoff Lara Croft GO its Game of the Year. Enlight and Robinhood were selected as runner-ups for App of the Year, while strategy game Fallout Shelter and one-touch platformer Mr Jump finished second and third place...

Harry Potter Enhanced Editions Now Available Exclusively on iBooks

Thursday October 8, 2015 5:22 am PDT by
Apple today announced that enhanced editions of all seven books in the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling are now available exclusively through the iBooks Store around the world for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Mac. The enhanced Harry Potter books feature the full original text, interactive animations, detailed artwork and annotations from Rowling. There are also exclusive custom covers for ...

Apple Moves Audiobooks into iBooks App, Adds Chapter Select in iOS 8.4 Beta

Monday April 13, 2015 10:02 pm PDT by
Earlier today, Apple seeded the first iOS 8.4 beta, which includes a revamped Music app, to developers. MacRumors forum user pazimi has found that Apple has also made changes to how it handles audiobooks in the new beta, moving playback from the Music app to the iBooks app. Audiobooks in iBooks in iOS 8.4 beta. Currently, in iOS 8.3, a users' audiobook library is divorced from their ebook...

Apple's iBooks Platform Seeing 1 Million New Users Per Week After iOS 8

Thursday January 15, 2015 10:34 am PST by
Apple's iBooks platform is seeing an average of a million new users per week after the company's decision to ship iOS 8 with the app pre-installed, according to Apple Director of iBooks Keith Moerer, who spoke today at the Digital Book World Conference. Apple's decision to ship iOS 8 with several new apps pre-installed, including Podcasts and iBooks, was somewhat controversial because...