Apple adds AirPrint, illustrations, collections with iBooks update

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in iPad edited January 2014
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.
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  • Reply 1 of 28
    A very obvious and desired update in regards to collections. This definitely helps to make ibooks preferred over the competition.
  • Reply 2 of 28
    Print out books you buy on the store? Pretty surprised book authors allowed this.
  • Reply 3 of 28
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    Originally Posted by enjourni View Post


    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.
  • Reply 4 of 28
    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.
  • Reply 5 of 28
    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!
  • Reply 6 of 28
    dreyfus2dreyfus2 Posts: 1,071member
    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...
  • Reply 7 of 28
    Quote:
    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...



    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!
  • Reply 8 of 28
    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.
  • Reply 9 of 28
    matrix07matrix07 Posts: 1,993member
    Collection should be called "Book Shelf" instead.
  • Reply 10 of 28
    solipsismsolipsism Posts: 25,726member
    • 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.
  • Reply 11 of 28
    solipsismsolipsism Posts: 25,726member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by hezetation View Post


    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.
    As for this ?promise? there are other reasons why it was removed. Such as patent rights trumping pinky swears in a court of law.
  • Reply 12 of 28
    wizard69wizard69 Posts: 12,860member
    Collections is something I have wanted for awhile now.



    I also want iBooks for my Mac. Maybe that is wishing for to much.
  • Reply 13 of 28
    dreyfus2dreyfus2 Posts: 1,071member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by wizard69 View Post


    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...
  • Reply 14 of 28
    solipsismsolipsism Posts: 25,726member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by dreyfus2 View Post


    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.
  • Reply 15 of 28
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    Originally Posted by solipsism View Post


    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?
  • Reply 16 of 28
    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.
  • Reply 17 of 28
    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.
  • Reply 18 of 28
    dreyfus2dreyfus2 Posts: 1,071member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post


    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?
  • Reply 19 of 28
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by dreyfus2 View Post


    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.
  • Reply 20 of 28
    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.
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