One of the most popular uses of the Apple iPad is using it as an e-reader. If you are a fan of loading your own books into your device and using the iBooks free App, you are in luck. A new update just rolled out for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch that gives you the ability to organize your ebooks via the collections features and a whole lot more!
The newest update for the iBooks application gives you more power then ever before to manage your ebooks, print text, and even get full color interactive kids books.
One of the best new features in this update is collections, think of it as folders for your ebooks. You can create a folder and put a particular author, series, or genre of books in one category! This allows book worms to better organize your ebooks! Right now, the old options are the top of iBooks have disappeared, which used to say Books and PDF, it is now all amalgamated into the ubiquitous collections tab. Using the new Collections feature you can now do everything on your iPad via iBooks for organizing your books, there is no iTunes required to manage. For a full tutorial on how to use the new Collections feature, click HERE.
Another great feature in the iBooks 2.1 update is the implementation of the new Airprint program, that first got introduced in the latest Apple iPad 4.2 firmware updateAlthough printing is limited to PDF and notes you made only on the ebooks you have read, or edited. Airprint is a new program and feature which means you are going to have to find an Airprint compatible printer. HP makes around 7 of them, but if you have a MAC you can use third-party software such as Ecamm’s $9.99 Printopia, which allows you to AirPrint to any printer hooked to your computer.
One of the last new features is the addition of full colored books, available on the iBooks store. You can find things such as lush kids books and books on art, all in full color and looking mighty fine.
Supplementary updates include more text being able to be displayed on ePub ebooks and new hyphenating text features.
If you have never used iBooks or want to learn how to you can load ebooks into iBooks via iTunes, check out our most recently video tutorial HERE.
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.