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iBooks has received a nice little update recently that adds a bunch of new features that users were clamoring for. The first major feature is the addition of a night-time reading mode. This makes the background black and the text white. This makes reading less strenuous when in a dark area.

The next addition in this update is the inclusion of a full screen mode. This takes all of the background stuff on your iOS device off the screen and allows you to better focus on only what you are reading. This is a great addition with the new notification center in iOS 5 because there is lot more going on the screen. Going into full screen mode makes it easier to ignore all that.

Apple also added a lot of new fonts, so if you have a particular typeface you like to read in, there is a good chance it is there. Apple added fonts such as Athelas, Charter, Iowa, and Seravek. I prefer to stick with the standard font, but if these fonts are your cup of tea, I’m sure you will love this update.

The last features are improvements to the annotation palate and some new covers for books available in the public domain. These changes are more minor, but enjoyable none the less.

Get the update from the iTunes App Store.

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Source: Apple Insider

  1. Sally Eberhart
    December 10, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    If you go to Settings--->General--->Accessibility -->Speak Selection and turn it on, you can select text in iBooks and have it read to you. It is a computer voice, but now iBooks has this functionality.

    • Mark O'Neill
      December 11, 2011 at 2:26 am

      looks good.  Just tried it out and it seems to have some pronunciation problems. Other than that, it isn't bad.

    • Dave LeClair
      December 11, 2011 at 6:21 pm

      That's a very cool feature, thanks for pointing it out to us!

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