The Apple iPad iBooks application has received a new upgrade that is sure to placate users who want to see more AirPrint capabilities in the program. We also see new store options to buy art books and kids books.
The iBooks application is many readers’ application of choice for electronic books. It provides great ease of use to both buy books from the services, but is best known as a great program to import your own ebooks and PDF files you might have downloaded from other websites.
The 1.2.1 update for iBooks brings many new features, such as the ability to AirPrint entire PDF books! Not only can you print PDF Books, but also your notes you have made with the program can be printed as well.
One of the most exciting options is to organize your book collections with either ePub or PDF files. You can create new collections and swipe left or right within the iBooks app to browse each one. This feature is great because by default all of your books are listed in one bookshelf, and the possibility to organize them into genres or specific authors is intriguing.
There is also a new feature on the iBook store to be able to buy animated children books and new art books. These really take advantage of the iBooks ability to display a ton of different colors. In order to view books though, you need to have upgraded to the most recent version of iOS.
The iBooks application is a must have application if you have the Apple iPad, though it currently does not have the widest ebook collection. What it does have is the ability to read enhanced books with audio, video and more. It also has a direct source to the New York Times bestsellers list and then you can purchase said books. This free app from iTunes is currently our best recommendation to read your own books, and also discover new ones!
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times.