Apple previewed their Apple Books app at the Worldwide Developers Conference last week and today they presented an in-depth look at the app that will replace the long running iBooks.
Apple Books has been completely redesigned and updated to put the focus on the user by personalizing their experience based on their interests and the books they have read.
“Apple Books will inspire a love of reading — it puts a world of books and audio books right at your fingertips, whether you want to dive into your favorite story for a couple of minutes or a few hours,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software & Services.
“This is our biggest books redesign ever, and we hope this beautiful app inspires both customers and authors alike.”
The app won’t be available until the launch of iOS 12 but don’t you fret now, continue reading to get a peek at the top new features and upgrades coming with the revamped Apple Books this fall.
Right off the bat, personalization is the name of the game. The new Reading Now tab is the almighty center of your reading experience. Here you can find all of the books that you are currently reading or listening to.
Within Reading Now you can also find Want to Read, a wish list of sorts for books you may want to read in the near future.
Paired with Reading Now and Want to Read is Complete the Series, a new feature that takes over the “You Might Like” function, Complete the Series will present you with great new books based on the ones you have finished.
Even though iBooks supported audiobook playback, Apple Books has eliminated the extra step of having to sync your book after purchasing it from the iTunes store. Apple Books will feature a tab specifically for audiobooks, making it easier to choose by simply browsing through selections and swiping.
Apple Books will allow you to explore and discover new books by offering you a wealth of reading materials, either on Top Charts, Staff Picks or the Editorial Collection. This is also where the personalization of the app pays off; the store will create recommendations based on purchases with a simple little feature called For You, showcasing you books of interest hand picked just for the reader.
The virtual hub for your digital collection will now include large cover art for all books. This section will also allow you to see the books you have read before in a section called Finished. Here you will see the date you finished a book in a conveniently displayed timeline.