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nov 15, 2012 at 6:27 am

Released update for iBooks, 3.0.2, which is going to solve the bug when iBooks, while you are using it, could suddenly shut off.

oct 29, 2012 at 10:26 pm

Released update iBooks 3.0.1!

oct 23, 2012 at 10:42 pm

Today, as was expected, Apple announced a new version of iBooks.

News and features:

400 million iBooks downloads

Continuous scrolling

Better integrated with iCloud— purchased books show up on shelf

Fantastic new ways to share — tap favorite quote and share on Facebook and Twitter

Supporting over 40 languages— new Korean, Chinese, Japanese

Available today, free download

Education news and iBooks Author:

iBooks textbooks reinvent the textbook full screen gorgeous layouts, interactive

Textbook available for 80 percent of high school

2,500 US classrooms with iBooks textbooks

Publishers can now take own fonts and provide custom look

Multitouch widgets

94 percent of fortune 500 is testing or deploying iPad—seeing similar in smaller business

oct 22, 2012 at 9:12 pm

iTunes leaks mention of iBooks 3.0

iBooks reader Pierre-Denis while surfing in iTunes Store noticed a comics book where in requirements was mentioned iBooks 3.0:

In addition to your news I download the extract and found that the
file is not completely readable upon iBooks 2.0. It works for the
first few pages but, As you can see in the pictures bellow the last
page is not correctly rendered. (largo winch 18 and standard iBook 2.0

It seems that iBooks Author will be also updated in order to produce
the compatible files with the new reader.

aug 4, 2012 at 11:38 pm

The other day I was reading an iBook and wondered if there was an easier way to do this. I know you can download audiobooks and have books read to you through specific applications but how about one that just requires and iPhone, iPod touch, or an iPad and is free? Well you basically have an audiobook or auto-reader feature within the VoiceOver setting.

By enabling Triple-Click home to turn on VoiceOver or Ask To Turn On VoiceOver, you can easily access an automated reader. Open up an iBook or any text on your iDevice and turn VoiceOver on. Afterwards, take two fingers, tap on one of the lines of text and swipe down. It might take you a few tries and probably not the best gesture for Apple to choose, but hey, it's all we've got. Once VoiceOver starts reading to you more than one line at a time you know you've got it down. This feature will also turn pages for you so there's no need to have your device out.

The automated reading is pretty fast and understandable, though it did take a few pages for me to catch on. This is great for slow readers or people who just want to listen to their book on audio. If you have a big reading project due with a ton of pages to read, also a perfect tool. Very satisfied with finding this feature, as a slow reader, it helps greatly.

aug 3, 2012 at 11:20 pm

iBooks is an amazing way to download and read books. iBooks includes the iBookstore, 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.

aug 2, 2012 at 2:56 am
aug 1, 2012 at 11:21 am

Illustrated book support will let you enjoy eye-catching art books, coffee table titles and children’s books in a way that might actually be better suited to photo-rich works than paper.

jul 25, 2012 at 11:22 am
jul 24, 2012 at 2:04 pm

Book fetishists often cite the smell and feel of a book as a reason to keep chopping down trees and wasting fuel to ship the pulp around the world. But what about something that we probably all value, whether we are paper-sniffers or we have entered the modern age – signed books? Specifically, how does one get a digital book signed by the author?

Brett Kelly has the answer.

Brett decided that if he was happy with digital books, he ws equally happy with a digital signature, and set out to get one. So when he met Josh Kaufman, author of The Personal MBA, he used the following kit to procure the author’s scrawl

An iPad with the Kindle app installed (or iBooks, if that’s your huckleberry).

The author’s book downloaded to the app.

Skitch installed on your iPad (it’s free).

The author to be physically present, ideally of his or her own free will.

Thus equipped, Brett opened the bok to the title page, snapped a screenshot using the easy home-button-plus-power-button shortcut, opened the result in skitch and had the Kaufman sign.

You might like to add a stylus as signing with a finger isn’t very natural for most people.

I think its ingenious, and you can of course use your own choice of apps to do the same thing. Of course, the actual ebook won’t be signed (although having the author digitally sign an EPUB – to which he has added a dedication – with his public key would fix that) and therefore won’t see an increase in value. Then again, ebooks are meant for reading, not collecting: leave that to the paper sniffers.

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