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Old Dec 6, 2011, 09:26 PM   #1
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Apple Updates iBooks App with Nighttime Reading Theme, New Fonts, More







Apple released a version 1.5 update to their iBooks iOS app that provides a number of new features to the ebook application:
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iBooks 1.5 adds the following new features as well as some stability and performance improvements:

- 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.
- Support for pop-up footnotes, included in select iBookstore titles.
- A redesigned annotation palette makes it easier to choose a color for your highlighted text.
iBooks is a universal app that supports iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. [App Store]

Article Link: Apple Updates iBooks App with Nighttime Reading Theme, New Fonts, More
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Old Dec 6, 2011, 09:29 PM   #2
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Solid update. Loving full screen and dark modes
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Old Dec 6, 2011, 09:30 PM   #3
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Interesting changes. I will be downloading shortly .

iBooks is one of the first things that really blew me away when I picked up an iPad for the first time.
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Old Dec 6, 2011, 09:30 PM   #4
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good looks?
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Between this and future retina displays (Fingers crossed) I think that leaves exactly 1 situation left where e ink makes sense. All other situations have been locked up tight.
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Old Dec 6, 2011, 09:31 PM   #6
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NO WAY! THEY HAVE THE RIGHT TO DIM THE STATUS BAR!

Also, does anyone else feel Notification Center laggy in fullscreen/night mode ?
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Old Dec 6, 2011, 09:40 PM   #7
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Does ibooks sync across devices?
I been having troubles reading a book on my iPad, and then picking it where I left off on the iPhone and then switching back.

Is there something I am just missing, or should I be doing something to make it sync?

Also cool update, I'll check it out once I get home
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Old Dec 6, 2011, 09:47 PM   #8
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Does ibooks sync across devices?
I been having troubles reading a book on my iPad, and then picking it where I left off on the iPhone and then switching back.

Is there something I am just missing, or should I be doing something to make it sync?

Also cool update, I'll check it out once I get home
Yes, works for me between devices. Usually after switching....when I launch the other device....I give it a few seconds to get updated to my latest spot.

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Old Dec 6, 2011, 09:49 PM   #9
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Wow looks really nice. Can't wait to start reading in night and full screen modes!
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Old Dec 6, 2011, 09:51 PM   #10
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It's great to see some fantastic features of Marco Arment's Instapaper brought over to iBooks. Good stuff.
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Old Dec 6, 2011, 09:53 PM   #11
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Thanks to this update I can now read at night... oh wait. I could do that before. It's called Thomas Edison.
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Old Dec 6, 2011, 09:53 PM   #12
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awesome finally no more settings brightness down black on white color setting change every night
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Old Dec 6, 2011, 09:53 PM   #13
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Now that Steve Jobs has departed -- R.I.P. -- I hope Apple's management can now move beyond some of Steve's bloody-minded areas of resistance:

1) create an iBook reader for Mac. - I currenrly have 200+ Kindle books, and would much have preferred to get them in iBook format. But I want something I can read cross-platform on my iPhone/iPad as well as Mac.

2) matte screens for iMac and Cinema Displays, and 13" MBP and MBA. C'mon, see the reasons given at the petition site http://macmatte.wordpress.com
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The night mode is awesome. Great addition!
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Awesome! I never even thought of such a simple thing for night reading. This is sweet. You gotta try it. I would take this over the Kindle reading experience of e-ink at night ANY day. New fonts and full screen nice as well. But I love reading at night, and it used to be a blinding experience, even turned down.
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Old Dec 6, 2011, 09:58 PM   #16
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A good update, the night mode was one reason iBooks sucked in comparison to the others, though I'll be sticking with the Kindle app.
The Kindle version looks much the same, only it does away with the header and footer at top and bottom and the text goes to the edge of the screen. For an iPad it wouldn't be much of an issue and I'm sure iBooks would be fine, but for an iPod/Phone you want all the screen real-estate for text you can.
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Thanks to this update I can now read at night... oh wait. I could do that before. It's called Thomas Edison.
And you can commute to work by horse and buggy.

And your spouse must really love the "Thomas Edison" mode.
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For some reason it screws up titles of PDFs on my iPad 2. It changes my descriptive titles to what seems like the original cryptic PDF file name.
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Amazon already had that "night mode". If the tables were flipped, you'd all be screaming for a lawsuit.
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I'm curious about night mode. I've been reading in the dark and haven't had any problems maybe now I'll see the light.
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That's pretty cool for actual airplanes.
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Old Dec 6, 2011, 10:09 PM   #22
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Sweet. This update fixes what I considered the two biggest issues with iBooks. (all the unnecessary clutter and no night mode)

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Amazon already had that "night mode". If the tables were flipped, you'd all be screaming for a lawsuit.
Other ebook apps had a night mode long before the Kindle app arrived on the app store.
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Old Dec 6, 2011, 10:13 PM   #23
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ePub 3.0 add-ons

I see Apple is moving ahead with ePub 3.0 spec options which is HTML 5/CSS 3 for books.

This makes me happy writing my own novels. The EndNotes/Footnotes with Javascript in clever ways, like the HTML 5 Canvas support in ePub 3.0 will be a welcome change to interactive books.
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LOL! See, isnt it nice when Apple gives its customers OPTIONS? Who would have thunk to see Apple fanboys give pleasant feedback in such a case.

Now if only Apple applied this philosophy of choice in other areas...
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Where did the images in the article come from?

I'm just curious if Apple provided images of iPhones with only a 16% battery charge... seems like an odd thing for them to overlook.
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