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Apple offers more info on the upcoming Apple Books app

Apple has released more info on the upcoming Apple Books app (formerly iBooks) for iOS that’s coming this fall. Previewed at last week’s Worldwide Developers Conference last week, it’s been entirely redesigned and will arrive with the launch of iOS 12 this fall.

“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,” says Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software & Services, in a press announcement. “This is our biggest books redesign ever, and we hope this beautiful app inspires both customers and authors alike.”

The new Reading Now tab is home to the books you’re currently reading or listening to; it also provides a place to find a new favorite. With Want to Read, you can keep a wishlist of books you hear about. Complete the Series or You Might Like present books based on those you have recently finished. 

Apple Books will also feature a prominent, dedicated Audiobooks tab for the first time, so you can listen to books at home or on the go on iPhone and iPad or in the car with CarPlay. Cue says the Book Store tab makes it easy to browse all that Apple Books has to offer, including Top Charts, Staff Picks, Editorial Collections, and Special Offers & Free. 

The new design lets you swipe between book. As you read more books from the Store, you will receive personalized recommendations based on your purchases in For You.

In the Library tab, you can peruse your full collection of books with large see cover art, including the books downloaded to your device and a Finished section showcasing the books you have read in the past and the date you finished them, displayed in a timeline.

The new Apple Books app launches this fall, with the Book Store available in 51 countries, and free books available in 155 countries.

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Dennis Sellers
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Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.