Apple iBooks alternatives
iOS reading app + book store: Both a way to read books and a way to buy them, iBooks transforms the simple act of reading into something simply delightful. The iBookstore features the best of what’s new right at the top of the page. Flick from page to page. Change text size. Select a different font. Adjust the brightness.
Apple iBooks alternatives are: Kindle, GooReader
2016 Apple iBooks adds iCloud support for PDF files and audiobooks
Apple has just unveiled a brand new update of iOS. Except the new nighttime reading more (which decreases the amount of bluelight that emits from the screen) iBooks has quietly received a number of really important upgrades. One of the biggest problems with iBooks was the lack of iCloud support for EPUB/PDF files and audiobooks. This is very important to people who have a vast e-book collection on their computers and want to read on their iPhone when they are out and their iPad when at home. You only need to load your content on a single Apple product and iCloud will prompt you on your secondary device if you want to access the content. This is applicable to sideloaded content, but also stuff you purchased directly from iBooks.
2016 New iOS 9.3 feature will make reading at night easier on your eyes
Apple is going to make it easier for you to use your devices at night. The upcoming iOS 9.3 update will include a new feature called "Night Shift" that will change the colors of the light emitted by your iPhone or iPad's display, based on the time of day. The feature uses your current location and the clock on your iPhone or iPad to figure out what time the sun sets, and will automatically "shift the colors in your display to the warmer end of the spectrum," according to Apple. The idea is very similar to f.lux, a popular Mac and Windows app that changes your display's lighting based on the time of day. When it starts to get dark outside, the app gradually makes the colors warmer to reduce eye strain.
2015 Apple iBooks improves listening audiobooks
Apple has just released iOS 9.2 with updated iBooks app. iBooks now includes support for 3D Touch, allowing users to peek and pop into pages from the table of contents, notes and bookmarks, or search results with force press gestures. iBooks also includes support for listening to an audiobook while browsing a library, reading other books, or viewing the iBooks Store.
2014 Apple acquired book discovery site BookLamp
Apple acquired book recommendation service BookLamp, known as Pandora of books. It connects readers to books they would enjoy using its Book Genome technology. The platform is capable of breaking a single book down into thousands of separate data points that tell you what the book is about, and why or why not it may be suitable for you. Apple will presumably use the company's technology to improve its own book store, iBooks, which houses more than 2 million free and paid book titles. BookLamp.org has since shut down its service, but here's a look at what we know about the company and its technology.
2014 Apple iBooks Textbooks Now Available in 51 Countries
Apple is expanding its educational service iBooks Textbooks into new countries as part of a continued push to dominate the global education market. iBooks Textbooks, which offers interactive digital textbooks, is now available in 51 countries in Asia, Latin America, Europe and beyond. Some of the new countries which now have access to the platforms include Brazil, Italy, Japan, Russia, Thailand and Malaysia. iBooks Textbooks allows publishes to create interactive, digital-native texts for students that can be accessed using the iBooks app on any Mac or iOS device “We can’t wait to see how teachers in even more countries will create their new lesson plans with interactive textbooks, apps and rich digital content," Eddy Cue, Apple's SVP of Internet Software and Services, said in a statement.
2013 iBooks lost its bookshelf
Apple has finally updated its e-reader app iBooks (for iPad and iPhone) with an iOS 7-inspired design. The iBooks interface has been stripped of its real-world allegories like wooden textures and bookshelves. The new design is minimal, but without the multicolored partitions and significantly more depth through the use of shadows. iBooks app allows to download and read books. It includes the iBooks Store, where you can download the latest bestselling books or your favorite classics – day or night. Browse your library on a beautiful bookshelf, tap a book to open it, flip through pages with a swipe or a tap, and bookmark or add notes to your favorite passages.
2013 Apple iBooks app is now available on OS X Desktop
Apple has ported its ebook buying and reading app iBooks to their new version of OS X, Mavericks. iBooks has long been the “third” ebook store after Amazon’s Kindle store and Barnes&Noble’s Nook. This move increases the app’s visibility on the desktop and allows users to purchase books on one platform that are available to read on mobile devices. The desktop app allows to arrange books into collections, swipe between pages and drop into “night mode” to reduce eye strain in the dark. The app also supports interactive aspects of iBooks books.
2012 Flipboard adds book discovery via Apple iBooks
Flipboard is the social magazine app that connects to your social networks and adds your favorite sources for an instantly personal magazine, containing news, articles, audio and video content. And now - books. Flipboard started as an iPad app, and looks like it still makes friends with Apple more than with Google or Kindle or Nook. Because, the new books category serves only as a portal to Apple’s iBooks store with its 1.5 million books. Each book in Flipboard offers a synopsis and an iBook link, so readers can readily purchase a must-read for their iBooks library. The new category launched with tailor-made bookshelves for the United States, Canada, the U.K., Brazil, Australia, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Italy and Spain. Naturally, it sounds like Android Flipboard users won't see the new category.
2012 Apple iBooks 3.0: vertical scrolling, book updates, social reading
Today Apple has unveiled the new version of it's book reading app iBooks 3.0. And it's going to change the world and beat Kindle with the help of continuous vertical scrolling. At least, that's what Apple fanboys saying. Thanks God, the "old" turning pages method is still available. Other new features are much more usefull. First of all it's the ability to receive free updates to existing books (like chapter additions, corrections and more). That makes books living documents, so that users can have stuff kept current. Of course, this is aimed primarily at education books. Besides, iBooks users can now also share favorite snippets and passages to their respective Twitter and Facebook accounts.