Editors' Note: The "Download Now" link directs you to the iTunes App Store, where you must continue the download process. You must have iTunes installed in order to open the link, and you must have an active iTunes account to download the application. This download may not be available in some countries.
iBooks is a stylish, crisp-looking, colorful e-book reader and storefront that runs on Apple's iOS devices. The latest version of the software includes support for textbooks, a new addition to the iBookstore for students.
As with other e-book readers, iBooks responds to the device's accelerometer and switches between landscape and portrait modes. Its controls disappear when unused, and a swipe (or tap on the left or right side of the screen) will cause the pages to turn. iBooks' page-turning is smooth and engaging, with page corners digitally curling toward you as you advance, but this behavior is only a minor cosmetic difference between what you'll find in other digital readers. iBooks also includes a progress bar to show how far you are along in a book, and you're able to change the reader's font size.
Also like other e-readers, you can add bookmarks, define individual words, do quick Web lookups, and add notes. You also can underline words, sentences, and paragraphs for later viewing. All five major book publishers stock iBooks' digital shelves (Penguin, Harper Collins, Simon and Schuster, MacMillan, and Hachette), which makes the content stack up against competing apps and electronic bookstores.
iBooks 2 added support for textbooks and gave students the ability to purchase and download course textbooks that are supported. Newer features launched alongside the new iPad give users the ability to highlight text in a number of colors with the swipe of a finger. The interactive media and features for textbooks will definitely be useful to students. It's hard to say how many schools will adopt all iPad textbooks because of price limitations, but it will be interesting to see how it plays out as we get closer to the new school year.
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
- - Download best-sellers and classic books from the iBookstore
- - Find fully illustrated books, including children's picture books, designed art books, photo books, cook books, and more in the iBookstore
- - Experience gorgeous fullscreen Multi-Touch books designed for iPad. These books are filled with interactive features, diagrams, photos, videos, and more
- - Read a free sample of any book on the iBookstore before making it a part of your permanent collection
Great ways to read
- - Choose from seven beautiful fonts, three easy-to-read page colors, and three useful page layouts--including Book, Full Screen, and Scroll
- - iBooks beautifully renders text written in 18 different languages
- - Highlight your favorite passages and add notes with the built-in bookmarking features
- - Share quotes, or thoughts about your favorite book with friends on Facebook, Twitter, Messages, or Mail
- - Find a word, character, or phrase anywhere in your book with the built-in search feature
- - Easily adjust your screen brightness to find the perfect lighting for any environment
- - Use iBooks with the amazing accessibility features in iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch--such as speaking the words on a given page
- - Print PDF documents and notes you've written in iBooks using AirPrint
- - Organize your books and PDFs into personal Collections that appear on all your devices
- - Keep your bookmarks, highlights, notes, and your current page up-to-date everywhere using iCloud
- - See all your iBookstore purchases in iCloud--right on your bookshelf with iOS 6
Supports open standards
- - iBooks also opens content published in the ePub and PDF formats
- - Add ePub and PDF documents to iTunes and sync them to iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch
- - You can also add PDF documents from Mail to your iBooks PDF Collection
- - The iBookstore is available in many countries. The selection of books in the iBookstore may vary by country
- - Downloading from the iBookstore or using iCloud features requires an Apple ID and Internet access
- - All books created with iBooks Author can only be read with iBooks on iPad
- - Books created with iBooks Author require iOS 5 or later. iBooks Author 2 requires iOS 5.1 or later
- - Syncing books made with iBooks Author requires iTunes 10.5.3 or later
- - Adding books and PDFs from outside the iBookstore to iBooks requires they be DRM-free and synced using iTunes 10.5.3 or later
- - Some PDF documents may not be compatible with iBooks
What's new in this version:
The iBookstore in Japan now has hundreds of thousands of books available for purchase, including fiction, manga, light novels and more. This version of iBooks also includes a number of improvements for reading Asian language books.