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Apple on Wednesday updated its iBooks application for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, adding the ability to place titles into collections, and send documents to AirPrint-compatible printers.

iBooks 1.2 (iTunes link) is a free update available on the App Store. The 15.2MB file requires iOS 3.2 or later.

New features in version 1.2, according to Apple, include:

Experience fully illustrated books, from children's picture books to beautifully designed art books, available for download in the iBookstore.
Organize your books and PDFs into personal Collections. Swipe left or right to jump between Collections.
Print PDF documents and notes you've written in iBooks using AirPrint.
iBooks now fits more words per page by automatically hyphenating text, available only on iOS 4.2 or later.
iBooks was last updated in June, when Apple added PDF support for the e-reading software. It also added new ways to bookmark, and gave more font selections.
post #2 of 29
A very obvious and desired update in regards to collections. This definitely helps to make ibooks preferred over the competition.
post #3 of 29
Print out books you buy on the store? Pretty surprised book authors allowed this.
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Print out books you buy on the store? Pretty surprised book authors allowed this.

I'm pretty sure printing is for PDF's and your notes only.
post #5 of 29
The really odd thing I'm trying to get around is how often they change the look graphically. This is the 3rd icon they've used, and a completely new wooden background inside: much more "unpolished," like what you'd make yourself instead of a vibrant, stained collectible. Idk if I like it yet. The other features, however, are very nice.
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post #6 of 29
Don't care since I can't use AirPrint without compatible printer! How about you get busy adding AirPrint support into Snow Leopard like you promised instead of wasting time updating apps with a feature I can't even use yet! FAIL!
post #7 of 29
No idea about the situation elsewhere, but here it is definitely not the app that holds back iBooks' success. It is the best ebook app available.

The content of the store is not even poor so far, really no back catalogue a huge gap between the free public domain titles (75 - 2000 years old) and "current" titles. Most great modern literature written between 1930 and the 1990s is completely absent. The few titles that do exist, have obviously been digitized using OCR software, received no editing whatsoever and contain tons of errors. No reason to waste money on that yet...
post #8 of 29
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No idea about the situation elsewhere, but here it is definitely not the app that holds back iBooks' success. It is the best ebook app available.

The content of the store is not even poor so far, really no back catalogue a huge gap between the free public domain titles (75 - 2000 years old) and "current" titles. Most great modern literature written between 1930 and the 1990s is completely absent. The few titles that do exist, have obviously been digitized using OCR software, received no editing whatsoever and contain tons of errors. No reason to waste money on that yet...

Much agreed, iBooks is a great app but the limited content seriously holds it back. Couldn't find the book I wanted, so had to download it from Waterstones and go through Adobe DRM just to read it on my iPhone. Thank God for DeDRM!
post #9 of 29
Yes, although I must admit that it's not alone in missing titles. I have a list of about 30 books I'd like to purchase, but cannot find on any of the bookstores: i.e. iBooks, Kindle, Nook, Kobo, Stanza, etc. iBooks at least has equal amount of books I want as the other stores. YMMV.
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post #10 of 29
Collection should be called "Book Shelf" instead.
post #11 of 29
• iBooks is great is a great eReader.

• Collections was the only aspect making my organization a nightmare, but that is now somewhat resolved. I’d like to be able to organize via iTunes and edit the meta-data of non-protected items within iBooks.

• Pages export to EPUB is simple, albeit a little limited in scope, but usable for converting documents.

• iBookstore selection is paltry. I’ve tried using Kindle from my iPad. They have the content but I hate being pushed to Safari (which I understand) and then seeing the common website for Amazon.com without it defaulting to a specialized Kindle bookstore to make the shopping pleasant. Because of this I’ve bought no Kindle books for my iPad.
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post #12 of 29
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Don't care since I can't use AirPrint without compatible printer! How about you get busy adding AirPrint support into Snow Leopard like you promised instead of wasting time updating apps with a feature I can't even use yet! FAIL!

There are plenty of places to ways to get AirPrint working on Mac OS X 10.6.5. Here is one such site.
http://download.cnet.com/AirPrint-Ac...-75327225.html As for this promise there are other reasons why it was removed. Such as patent rights trumping pinky swears in a court of law.
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post #13 of 29
Collections is something I have wanted for awhile now.

I also want iBooks for my Mac. Maybe that is wishing for to much.
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I also want iBooks for my Mac. Maybe that is wishing for to much.

I would not be too surprised, if this would be one of the first free apps in the Mac OS AppStore...
post #15 of 29
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I would not be too surprised, if this would be one of the first free apps in the Mac OS AppStore...

I'm hoping for that, too. I'm also hoping for Apple to make it easy for iOS devs to make it fairly easy to make a Mac app from an iOS codebase. For instance, sometimes I just want to play Angry Birds on my Mac.
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post #16 of 29
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I'm hoping for that, too. I'm also hoping for Apple to make it easy for iOS devs to make it fairly easy to make a Mac app from an iOS codebase. For instance, sometimes I just want to play Angry Birds on my Mac.

Isn't this what Launchpad in Lion will be? The iOS applications on the Mac?
post #17 of 29
Thomas Keller's cookbook "Ad Hoc at Home" is now available, and the sample gives you a good demonstration of how the UI works for picture books.

One thing I noticed that will be a big annoyance for people who plan to use iBooks to download cookbooks: You can't make notes like you can on a regular book, or at least I couldn't on the sample of "Ad Hoc at Home."

When you highlight text, your only options are Dictionary and Search and not the usual Copy, Dictionary, Highlight, Note and Search that you get with other books.

So if that recipe needs more salt, you'll have to just remember.
post #18 of 29
PDFs don't work at all in this update. They only show the first 29 pages (can't go beyond that even if the PDF has hundreds more), each page has an incorrect preload image from a different (wrong) PDF, they all have the same thumbnail on the shelves, and they all move simultaneously when you try to move one. iBooks 1.2.1 better be out soon.

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post #19 of 29
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PDFs don't work at all in this update. They only show the first 29 pages (can't go beyond that even if the PDF has hundreds more), each page has an incorrect preload image from a different (wrong) PDF, they all have the same thumbnail on the shelves, and they all move simultaneously when you try to move one. iBooks 1.2.1 better be out soon.

I just tried to open a few of our internal QM manuals (one over 600, the other over 800 pages) after reading your post... they both open fine and I can display all pages (I did not try every single page, but several pages from the beginning, the middle and the end of both documents). Maybe your device is due for a restart?
post #20 of 29
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I just tried to open a few of our internal QM manuals (one over 600, the other over 800 pages) after reading your post... they both open fine and I can display all pages (I did not try every single page, but several pages from the beginning, the middle and the end of both documents). Maybe your device is due for a restart?

I thought the same thing, so I did. Nada. Maybe I'll desync all the books from iTunes and then resync. Post'll be edited once that's done.

Edit: Ah, they're fixed. Weirdest animation ever for that, but they work. Sweet.

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post #21 of 29
PDFs seem to be working for me. Are we supposed to be able to add notes to PDFs?, because I can't seem to annotate or highlight my PDFs.
post #22 of 29
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Don't care since I can't use AirPrint without compatible printer! How about you get busy adding AirPrint support into Snow Leopard like you promised instead of wasting time updating apps with a feature I can't even use yet! FAIL!

See this ->http://discussions.apple.com/thread....762&tstart=120
My Canon IP6000 works great from my iPad.
post #23 of 29
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a huge gap between the free public domain titles (75 - 2000 years old) and "current" titles.


Blame that on the publishers, they either don't want ebook versions, have exclusive deals with others or in a couple of cases have to sort out who has the rights to ebooks and if it more than one party how to ensure the proper sales go to the proper people.

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post #24 of 29
Yippee...

Step 1. Email ALL the PDF forms that I might ever need to hand to a client to my iPhone -- since I never have the correct paper-based form with me standing in the middle of nowhere.

Step 2. Email said specific company form to client while sitting in his kitchen, he prints, signs and hands back to me right then and there. You can feel the awe in the air.

Step 3. Use Printopia when at my office or home when I need a paper copy for a visiting client to sign right then. Printopia handles the printing from the iPhone to my network Brother laser printer. Do it while siting in front of the client... and again... You can feel the awe in the air.

Step 4. Kiss SJ on the cheek. (Well, maybe not.)

Step 5. Get invited into the big boss's office to be asked if I'd be interested in sales management. (Yes that's really what happened today, and the answer is: "Well, maybe." I kinda like what I'm doing now.)

Less BS too.
post #25 of 29
Would never buy an eBook that only can play on 3 Apple devices and not compatible with Macs?
Amazon is the only way to go here.
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Isn't this what Launchpad in Lion will be? The iOS applications on the Mac?

Nope.

Launchpad is just a home screen like interface for the compute, to access the same Mac OS apps. Alternative to stacks or the finder window

Nothing has been announced that will act as an emulator etc

As for this iBooks update, while I like the idea of collections I wish it was a bit differently handled. I would much rather a system similar to the folders in iOS where you would start off with a single icon for each collection and when tapped it would expand. Or put them on shelves. Many of the collections I would make are only a handful of books. And why can I have one item listed in several collections. My niece for example has a lot of books on her iPad because she is part of a test program at her high school. One title might fit in books, for school, fiction, historical, young adult, the series group etc. It is basically just keywords and filtering and knowing what covers to toss on the screen for her to tap

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post #27 of 29
Haven't had a chance to download and update yet, but I sure hope it fixes one major bug with previous iBooks releases. Every stinking time I updated to a new version, it would re-order my bookshelf. Dammit, Apple, I got my books in the order I want them. Don't make me have to reorganize them again.
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Haven't had a chance to download and update yet, but I sure hope it fixes one major bug with previous iBooks releases. Every stinking time I updated to a new version, it would re-order my bookshelf. Dammit, Apple, I got my books in the order I want them. Don't make me have to reorganize them again.

Sorry to say, but... be prepared for a disappointment on that one
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Originally Posted by dreyfus2 View Post

No idea about the situation elsewhere, but here it is definitely not the app that holds back iBooks' success. It is the best ebook app available.

The content of the store is not even poor so far, really no back catalogue a huge gap between the free public domain titles (75 - 2000 years old) and "current" titles. Most great modern literature written between 1930 and the 1990s is completely absent. The few titles that do exist, have obviously been digitized using OCR software, received no editing whatsoever and contain tons of errors. No reason to waste money on that yet...

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Blame that on the publishers, they either don't want ebook versions, have exclusive deals with others or in a couple of cases have to sort out who has the rights to ebooks and if it more than one party how to ensure the proper sales go to the proper people.

Or they don't own the ebook rights. As I understand it the publishers didn't put ebook rights into their standard contracts until the '90s. So for most of the books in question the rights are still owned by the authors. Most authors don't know this and have yet to take advantage of it.
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