New Apple Books App Released with iOS 12 Update

Apple Books iOS12

Today Apple officially released iOS 12, their latest operating system for iDevices, including the iPad Air and newer and the iPhone 5s and up.

Among a number of changes, Apple iBooks is no more. Now Apple’s ebook app is simply called Apple Books. It has a new look and some new features, most of which are designed to sell more books and audiobooks.

To get the update on a compatible device just go to Settings > General > Software Update to start downloading it.

For the most part not much has changed with the Apple Books app. It has a new name and a new look but most of the reading features, fonts, themes, and layout remain exactly the same as before.

Here’s the Apple Books section of the changelog:

Apple Books

  • All-new design that makes discovering and enjoying books and audiobooks easy and fun
  • Reading Now makes it simple to get back to the book you’re currently reading or find great recommendations for what to read next
  • Add books to the new Want to Read collection to keep track of what you’d like to read next
  • The Book Store makes it easy to find your next favorite read with new and popular selections from our Apple Books editors and recommendations chosen just for you
  • The new Audiobooks store helps you find immersive stories and informative nonfiction books narrated by your favorite authors, actors, and celebrities

Here’s the page with the full list of new features available on iOS 12.

18 Responses to “New Apple Books App Released with iOS 12 Update”

  1. Please tell me they’ve added line spacing option and the ability to read publisher font. Any margins adjustments? New fonts? Justification?
    I swear ibooks or Apple Books is so archaic when it comes to customizing options.
    I want to download the update but there are so many bugs in new releases that I’ll wait it out. I’m just curious.

    • Nope. The actual reading aspects remain the same. Basically it just has a new library and store layout designed to sell you more stuff.

      • I think I’ll pass on the update for now… Thanks 🙂

      • Such a shame. Literally tons of room for improvement and yet nothing. Its like hey lets make it easier for customers to buy books but not improve their reading experience. Sounds like a real winner, not.

        • I guess there is one new feature, auto night mode. But my eyes have never been able to read white text on a black background for very long because of a weird afterimage effect.

          • Auto night mode is not new with this version of iOS. It was about the only thing I liked about iBooks but the lack of ability to change margins, justification, line spacing stopped me from buying my books from Apple.

          • That’s not a new feature.

  2. Everyone is saying that the new Apple Books app is “improved” over iBooks, but I’ve just started using it and it is much slower to open and switch between PDFs. With iBooks, switching between PDFs was practically instantaneous, which is why I used it. Now however, Apple Books is so slow that it doesn’t make sense for me to use the app for proofing PDFs anymore.

    This is the only performance problem that I have found in iOS12 so far.

  3. I wish Apple would optimize this app for iPads by adding an adjustable margins feature. I have an iPad mini, and the text lines are still too wide for me. The actual reading experience is overdue for an update.

  4. So the new update is awful. I can’t close a book once it opens. Is there some new trick? I hate this. I have 397 pdf tutorials and if I manage to finally open it, can’t close to look at another. WTH??

  5. I unintentionally updated the former iBooks when I did an iPad system update. What a mistake. Even apart from all of this marketing stuff now jumping out at me in the “My Books” list — which I don’t want — I now can’t distinguish what was a “sample” (usually brought over from BookBub) and what I had already purchased and set aside to read. And — this was REALLY sneaky — samples that I’d brought over from BookBub at, say, $1.99, now are marked at their non-bargain price for purchase, eg, $9.99. Previously, once you’d pulled the sample over from BookBub, that book would continue to be available at that price. This is a really underhanded move. I know that I can’t go back in time and undo this update, but sure would do so if I could. When I have the time, am going to dump this app (and, unfortunately, all of the stored books thereon) and try out other ebook readers.

  6. Absolutely hate the new Apple Books, it’s so unusable I have made sure not to update my iPad so I can use iBooks on it. You can no longer view more books by the author at the end of a book or the next one in a series and to try and locate the next ones now it’s so time consuming and frustrating. The library is crap and worse than it was previously. It would have been great to be able to link books into a series that for some reason didn’t get linked in the first place. I wish I had known that the app was being replaced because I wouldn’t have done it.

  7. I hate that they removed the pinch to close books feature in the iPad. I’m guessing it’s because people were accidentally closing the book when they meant to zoom out, but it was such a vital feature for me as I have to switch between books a lot during class. Now I have this annoying two tap method I have to use to get out of the book, then another tap to get into my next book. At least it seems they finally fixed the bug where it would delete books from the iPad if you hadn’t read them in the past 30 minutes. Still not impressed though.

  8. If I had known about the change to iBooks I would never have done the upgrade to 12. Just not useable anymore.

  9. After the ios 12 update, I cannot find any of the files I had organized my numerous books into!! There was NO warning that ios 12 would totally change this app..TOTALLY FRUSTRATING that I cannot find my old organized files!!

  10. I HATE the new Apple Books app. I can’t find anything, it’s hard to move things around and the ways I have organized my books in the past have been thrown out. I know change can be good, but this really sucks.

  11. I too hate the new Apple Books app. It is clunky and is designed to show you stuff you don’t own so you can buy it.
    When I download a sample to read to see if I want to buy it I won’t open up when I return from having to do something.
    “Hide” a book does NOT hide the book it hides that you paid for it. It is books final slide into take as much money out of you as ossicle. the iBook was supposed to be your bookshelf and store all in one. Now it is just a store. I regret the day I bought an iPad for reading. Perhaps I should look into a kindle? Or a book?

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