Apple Updates iBooks With 'Read-Aloud' Feature for Children's Books

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001


    Apple today pushed out an update to its iBooks application for iOS devices [App Store], bringing several improvements including a new "read-aloud" narrator to select children's books.
    It is possible that the text-to-speech aspect of the new read-aloud functionality is based on technology from Nuance that has been rumored to be making its way into iOS 5, but Apple has not specifically disclosed the basis for the new feature.

    We have not been able to track down any books compatible with the new read-aloud feature yet, so it will be interesting to see how quickly and how widely it is adopted by authors and publishers.

    Apple's new iTunes 10.3 offers access to the iBookstore from the desktop for the first time, although an iOS device is still required to read the books.

    Article Link: Apple Updates iBooks With 'Read-Aloud' Feature for Children's Books
  2. macrumors regular

    Jun 3, 2011
    I'm hoping at the HARDWARE event in the fall (Usually the iPod Event but now the iProduct Event most likely) we see an introduction of iBooks 2.

    Apple could bring a iShare Books function, or something to make it more friendly. I enjoy all my books on the iBooks App, but I feel it is still missing out on some crazy stuff it could have, even more with iCloud rising.
  3. macrumors regular


    Mar 7, 2007
    I simply searched for "read-aloud" in the iTunes Store and found several book hits.
    Are those something else and not using the new "read-aloud" feature?
  4. macrumors 604

    Sep 23, 2003
    Is it a real narrator or text to speech? Because those are entirely different things.

    Definitely need a book reader for computers, it's weird they didn't ship one from the start of the book store.
  5. macrumors newbie

    Jun 7, 2011
    Great feature, but might be misused by parents

    While I think this is a great feature to have, and is also quite a technical feat on Apple's part, it worries me that kids might be growing up listening to their iDevice narrate stories to them instead of their parents doing this. Story Time was an important part of bonding and learning with my parents when I was growing up, and this will give busy parents an easy way to outsource this part of parenting to a device.
  6. macrumors member

    Sep 7, 2005
  7. macrumors 6502a

    Feb 27, 2011
    Makes iBooks more responsive when opening very long books. That's awesome. I always waited very long to open books until it put me off.
  8. macrumors 68020


    Jun 4, 2009
    Neat feature.

    And imagine if kids started to read and speak like the text-to-speech voice because that's how they learned.
  9. macrumors 603


    Sep 19, 2003
    Canada, eh?
    One of my friends has a son who hangs out with me sometimes. We started bonding when we realized that we were both Calvin & Hobbes nuts. One of the things he loves to do is to sit down with someone (his parents, his older sister, sometimes me) with one of his C&H books and read the strips out loud.

    The little guy is 14 now, and the other day he lamented to me that his family just doesn't have the time that they used to, to sit and read with him!

    Read with your kids, folks. They will love it and remember it for a lot longer than you think!
  10. macrumors 68000


    Apr 17, 2008
    That what parenting is, stop worrying and start parenting. Since I am a parent I am the one who sets a lot of the rules and its not that hard you just have to put time into. Technology like this helps when parents take time. But who has the time to be a parent is a big complaint I hear from time to time, please.
  11. macrumors regular


    Jul 21, 2008
    Just tried out the dragon one. It's a boy's voice reading it out. Secondly the read out loud feature is activated with a play button at the bottom, so if you feel the need to read to them yourself, you can- you simply don't hit play.

    Unfortunately there was no sample version to see how this works before buying, at least for this book
  12. macrumors 6502

    Aug 16, 2007
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    Anyone notice iBooks crashing with the update?
  13. macrumors newbie

    Jun 22, 2009
    read and listen is now a click on the ITMS front page

    it list 42 books include a few classics (are you my mother), and the biscuits books.

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