Apple Previews Redesigned Books App Coming in iOS 12

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Apple today shared an in-depth preview of the all-new Books app for iPhone and iPad coming in iOS 12 later this year.


As shown on stage at WWDC 2018 last week, the Books app has been completely redesigned with the following tabs:Reading Now displays all of the books you are currently reading or listening to. A new "Want to Read" section allows you to keep a wishlist of books you are interested in. "Complete the Series" or "You Might Like" present books based on those you have recently finished.
Library displays your full collection of books with large cover art, including the books downloaded to your device. There is also a "Finished" timeline of books you have read in the past with the dates you finished them.
Book Store allows you to browse all titles available on Apple Books, with categories such as Top Charts, Staff Picks, Editorial Collections, and Special Offers & Free. You will receive personalized recommendations based on your purchases in "For You."
Audiobooks allows you to browse all audiobook titles available on Apple Books.
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Apple's services chief Eddy Cue:
Apple Books will inspire a love of reading -- it puts a world of books and audiobooks right at your fingertips, whether you want to dive into your favorite story for a couple of minutes or a few hours. This is our biggest books redesign ever, and we hope this beautiful app inspires both customers and authors alike.
The new Books app launches this fall, with the Book Store available in 51 countries, and free books available in 155 countries.

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KazKam

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Looks like Books gets the same treatment as Music and Videos/TV... nothing more than a storefront with access to my purchases buried under advertisements posing as "recommendations.":(

Well, I suppose I already have to use Cesium for downloaded music, Player Xtreme for already synced videos; now I'll just have to find a dedicated audiobook player for already downloaded audiobooks.

Dear Apple, I already own 95% of the media I probably ever will. Please stop changing your media players into advertising billboards with convoluted methods to get to the content I already own and just want to listen to/view!
 

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Apple today shared an in-depth preview of the all-new Books app for iPhone and iPad coming in iOS 12 later this year.


As shown on stage at WWDC 2018 last week, the Books app has been completely redesigned with the following tabs:Reading Now displays all of the books you are currently reading or listening to. A new "Want to Read" section allows you to keep a wishlist of books you are interested in. "Complete the Series" or "You Might Like" present books based on those you have recently finished.
Library displays your full collection of books with large cover art, including the books downloaded to your device. There is also a "Finished" timeline of books you have read in the past with the dates you finished them.
Book Store allows you to browse all titles available on Apple Books, with categories such as Top Charts, Staff Picks, Editorial Collections, and Special Offers & Free. You will receive personalized recommendations based on your purchases in "For You."
Audiobooks allows you to browse all audiobook titles available on Apple Books.
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Apple's services chief Eddy Cue:The new Books app launches this fall, with the Book Store available in 51 countries, and free books available in 155 countries.

Article Link: Apple Previews Redesigned Books App Coming in iOS 12
Can they PLEASE finally add iBooks to the Apple Watch?? They made such a point in the keynote of “other audio apps” and about updating Books, yet I still can’t listen to an audiobook synced with iTunes while running. I have been submitting this as a needed enhancement for 2 years.
 

GCRoberts

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I haven't followed the technology used for Books very closely, so correct me if what I'm suggesting is already available. I mostly buy technical books and would like to be able to upgrade that book to later revisions as they are published. Even if there was a small fee, that would be far better than buying a brand new copy of a book that has minimal changes. If Apple wants to get more people to buy books in digital form, I think this would be a big step in that direction.
 
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NervousFish2

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I don’t mind these changes. What matters to me is the lack of focus on the actual reading experience, especially for the student. Example: on both kindle and iBooks I can highlight portions of text, and create notes. But on kindle, I can review those notes independently of my highlights, and vice versa. Why can’t I do this on iBooks? I use iBooks a lot, as I think it’s very good for working with ePub format files, keeping them handy and accessible and readable in a generally gorgeous way. But I have felt that kindle is much more student-friendly for some time now.
 

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I use iBooks every day and it is so sad that they removed the reading progress on iOS 11. The only way I could tell now is using the 3D touch on my iPhone. I cannot do that on my iPad Pro and I always read on my iPad. I do not know why they removed that feature to begin with. For those screenshots, it looks like it is back!
 

redheeler

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As usual, Mac users have to wait another full year before the MacOS version is redesigned to match. :rolleyes:
 
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To everyone complaining about the font looking 'inconsistent' with the rest of iOS - I disgaree. Why does every app have to look the same? It is very boring. That kind of complaining is why every app is now completely bare-bones flat and white thanks to you guys. If anything it makes sense for the Books app to have a different font that reflects the app. I don't see any problem with it.
 

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It is like Skeumorphism 2.0.
Objection: Look at "traditional" books, look at a Kindle, look at a printed Newspaper. Tradidionally a book does have a Serif-Font, because of its readability. I don't like MY personal books integrated in a shop, but the font they are using is quite ok for me. They are not adding a skeumorphistic leather cover though...
 

Newton1600

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I think it looks nice but its still way behind what Amazon offers.

I would love to see Audio Books and Books to be one and the same. As kindle does below... Also book/audiobook subscription App


When you can't read, listen.
Now you can switch between reading and listening to your Kindle books in the Kindle App.

Just pop in your headphones, tap the button, and keep the story going... in the car, in the gym, in the kitchen, or wherever your day takes you. Whenever your eyes are occupied but your mind is free, your story is ready for listening.
 

profets

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I’ve been using it quite a bit in the beta, and really enjoy this new design.

I know everyone is hating on the new font for headers, but it fits with the theme so well. I think this is a gorgeous update for Books.
 

Inkling

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Others are complaining about the appearance. I will look at iBooks from the perspective of a writer.

There continues to be serious issues with with how ebooks are sold. I write, edit and publish ebooks for medical and nursing students. I offer them a fixed-format version that looks almost identical to the printed version and can be read on iPads. I also offer a reflowable version more suited for iPhones. Unfortunately, Apple forces me to sell those two versions separately, which means my readers have to buy both separately—paying twice for the same content. I'd be quite happy to sell them as a package. Apple needs to offer a way to sell them that way.
 
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iObama

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To everyone complaining about the font looking 'inconsistent' with the rest of iOS - I disgaree. Why does every app have to look the same? It is very boring. That kind of complaining is why every app is now completely bare-bones flat and white thanks to you guys. If anything it makes sense for the Books app to have a different font that reflects the app. I don't see any problem with it.
Consistent design does not require that every app is bare-bones flat and white.

Two separate issues.
 

smizzle

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I hope with the Reading Now section, Books can do a better job of keeping my current book on my device. On all the versions on iOS 11, I would have to re-download whatever book I was reading every night because for some reason the app kept offloading it to iCloud.
 

bluespark

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The fact that they’re using a different font for the headers literally pains me inside.
I tend to be a stickler for things like that, but I'm not bothered by the choice here. Serif fonts are traditional in literary publications and this font seems to me to suit the purpose. The difference between this app and others such as Apple Music reminds me of the different look of the NY Times magazine sections, as compared to the rest of the newspaper.
 

Inkling

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I think it looks nice but its still way behind what Amazon offers.
That's hardly surprising. Those working with Apple's bookstore seem committed to what they do, but Apple Corporate barely knows it exists. It gets no attention. It gets inadequate funding. I'd hoped that Apple would offer Amazon some much needed competition. It doesn't. Apple's priorities lie more with adding emoticons and other childish stuff. I sometimes wonder if its executives are functional illiterates. They certainly act like they are.

I will add, however, that Apple treats authors much better than Amazon. It pays them 70% of retail at all prices and charges no download fee. Amazon claims to pay 70%, but only for ebooks priced from $2.99 to $9.99, and a grossly inflated download fee makes the real royalties more like 60%. Outside that range, Amazon pays only 35%, the worst in the industry.
 
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