iBooks app updated with improved social sharing, continuous scrolling and more

The new version of the iBooks app showcased during this afternoon’s Media Event is now live on the App Store. The 3.0 update shows all your ebooks purchases in the cloud right from the bookshelf (iOS 6 only), as well as an all new scroll theme that lets you continously scroll through your ebooks should you wish to ditch the page turns. And sharing quotes is now made possible by highlighting selected text, and sharing them via Facebook, Twitter, Messages or Mail. Here’s the complete list of What’s New:

Introducing iBooks 3

• See all your iBookstore purchases in iCloud—right on your bookshelf with iOS 6
• Scroll vertically through your books with the flick of a finger using the new Scroll theme
• Receive free updates to purchased books—including new chapters, corrections, and other improvements
• Look up definitions for words in German, Spanish, French, Japanese and Simplified Chinese with iOS 6
• Share quotes or thoughts about your favorite book with friends on Facebook, Twitter, Messages, or Mail

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iBooks updates to 1.5, adds night mode, new fonts and more

Apple’s iBooks app has just been updated to version 1.5 and one of the most requested features is finally here – night reading mode. With it, bookworms can now comfortably use iBooks in the dark thanks to the black background and white text. Here’s the complete list of what’s new:

  • Nighttime reading theme makes reading books in the dark easier on the eyes.
  • Full-screen layout lets you focus on the words without distraction.
  • iBooks now features an improved selection of fonts, including Athelas, Charter, Iowan, and Seravek.
  • Beautiful new classic covers for public domain books.
  • A redesigned annotation palette makes it easier to choose a color for your highlighted text.

If iBooks is your go-to e-reader on the iDevice, be sure to grab this free update and check out the new goodies. And if you missed it earlier, see how you can use Dropbox to store and transfer your ebooks to apps like iBooks and Stanza in our recent tutorial.

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Apple Posts Guided Tours for iBooks, iMovie and GarageBand

Apple has posted guided tours for iBooks, iMovie and GarageBand – a day before the launch of the iPad 2. They range from about 3 – 6 minutes and provide a great overview of what they’re capable of, especially for those who are new to the iOS platform. You can check out the videos on Apple’s page here, or view them via embedded youtube clips below.

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iBooks updated to v1.2, now with Collections feature

iBooks, one of the apps I use most of on my iPhone and iPad (it used to be Stanza for my reading needs, but I couldn’t live without iBooks’ ability to sync bookmarks and current page between devices), has just been updated and it now supports a new feature called Collections. Basically, this allows users to create shelves (think folders) and organize their eBooks however they like, be it by author, genre or favorites. This can also be applied for any PDFs you have have uploaded. Here’s what else is new in 1.2:

  • 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.

For those with a sizable number of eBooks on their iDevice, being able to finally organize them into categories is a much welcomed addition. The app is of course free, so if you do use iBooks, be sure to grab the latest update via the iTunes link below.

Related Reading: iPad Tutorial: How to read your old (non-ePub) ebooks using iBooks

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Apple refuse to sell DRM-free eBooks

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Canadian Science Fiction giant, Cory Doctorow, has put up a nice piece about why Apple and Sony suck. Rather than getting into boring techie talk, he very stealthily opines as a writer who longs for a DRM-less world, one where users can share, buy, borrow, and lend digital content as easily as they do non-digital content. As a content creator, his is a unique and important viewpoint that clashes directly with antiquated pro-Bono business models. Doctorow’s body of science fiction is captivatingly modern and so too are his finger-to-the-man opinions that hopefully, will help change the way digital books are circulated.

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iBooks updated to 1.1 with iPhone support

Shortly after the release of iOS 4, Apple updated the popular iBooks app with v1.1 and it can now be enjoyed on an iPhone as well. Besides the universal support, this update allows users to add notes to their ebooks/pdfs AND wirelessly sync all bookmarks, notes and current page between all iDevices using the app. This feature alone could convince loyal Stanza and eReader users to make the switch over to iBooks. Here’s what’s new in 1.1:

  • In addition to iPad, iBooks is now available on any iPhone or iPod with iOS 4.
  • Open and read PDF documents from Mail. PDF documents will be added to your library and appear on the PDF bookshelf. You can even search PDFs for words or phrases and bookmark your favorite pages.
  • Take advantage of new ways to bookmark. In addition to highlighting a word or a passage, you can now also add notes or bookmark an entire page with the new page ribbon.
  • Keep your bookmarks, notes, and your current page wirelessly in sync between iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch with the new automatic bookmark syncing feature.
  • See your book pages in a new font, called Georgia.
  • Read your books on white or sepia colored pages.
  • Choose left or fully justified text layout from Settings.
  • Read pages with greater ease by increasing to even larger font sizes.
  • Enjoy greater stability and better performance.

If you’ve already purchased ebooks from the iBookStore (US only) on your iPad, you can re-download them on to your iPhone for free. And if you’re wondering how to convert and upload all your old (non-epub) ebooks onto iBooks with your iDevice running iOS 4, you can check out our previous tutorial right here (ebooks can be uploaded in the same manner as the iPad via iTunes).

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iPad overcomes glaucoma, changes Granny’s life

iPad news getting old? Not for this shiggy-wiggy. In her 100th year, Virginia, a granny from somewhere in the States, has made news thanks to Oregon Live ;). It’s not without a little bit of arm-twisting though; her family bought her an iPad.

While the video is viral now, there’s nothing cute about her interest in the iPad. She has glaucoma and hasn’t been able to read books for a long time. Evidently, the iPad has allowed her to pick up her old (and good) habit thanks to Apple’s iBooks. But her talents don’t stop there; she is also a verbose poet, having now completed 12 limericks on her new toy, the most poignant, below:

To this technology-ninny it’s clear
In my compromised 100th year,
That to read and to write
Are again within sight
Of this Apple iPad pioneer.

Keep up with all the funny-duddy iPad stuff here.

iPad Tutorial: How to read your old (non-ePub) ebooks using iBooks

Update: Our latest tutorial on how to use Dropbox and Calibre to store and remotely transfer ebooks to your iDevices is now up. You can check it out here.

Early adopters of the iPad already know that the device is not only great for surfing the web, playing “HD” games or watching movies on the gorgeous 9.7-inch IPS screen, but also for reading ebooks. Apple’s own e-reader app, iBooks, has been well received and its overall design makes it easy and enjoyable to read books on the iPad. It even allows you to upload non-iBookstore and DRM-free ePub documents/ebooks onto the app via iTunes. Unfortunately, iBooks only accepts the “industry standard” ePub format, meaning those with a collection of ebooks in various formats (LIT, MOBI, PDB, HTML, RTF etc) are out of luck.

While Stanza (my personal favorite) and other e-reader apps on the iPhone/iPod Touch do accept other ebook formats, there are currently none with dedicated iPad versions (meaning you won’t be able to enjoy them in full screen mode without the text becoming pixelated). As such, we’ll be taking a look at how to convert and transfer your existing non-epub ebooks/documents onto the free and very likeable iBooks app.

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iBooks store to be pre-loaded with 30 000 free books – shysters outlook looks bleak

AppAdvice has some good news for literate iPad fans: Project Gutenburg with its 30 000 free titles will be pre-loaded onto the App Store’s iBooks app for iPad. There are compelling reasons for this. Firstly, free books shouldn’t be made profit of as they have been at the App Store and sold at 99 cents per. The public domain has no place with profit and for many reasons wouldn’t exist if at the beck-and-call of swindlers.

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Apple out to destroy Amazon’s eBook market with iPad and iBooks

The modern internet junkie is the lowest of common denominators. It feeds on rumours, loves unsubstantiated ‘facts’, tires of truth, and salivates for one-eyed wisdom. I am probably one. Apple struggle on and offline against this rock-hurtling beast who incessantly protects the first to complain. Well, Amazon complained.

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