iBooks Update Now Features Illustrated Books
Today, Apple updated the iBooks
app to version 1.2, adding new features including illustrated books, the ability to organize books and PDF’s into personal “Collections” and new printing capabilities. iBooks can now also fit more words on a page by hyphenating longer words, although this feature is only available in iOS 4.2.
iBooks was originally conceived as an e-reader with better multimedia capabilities than competing devices utilizing e-ink. With every update, Apple keeps adding features that other devices are not capable to replicating. The iPad continues to set itself apart from devices like the Kindle
with the ability to read illustrated books in full-color. Some iBooks now even include sound and video. The Kindle is not capable of this kind of multimedia content, although as an e-ink device, the Kindle is much easier to read under any lighting conditions. E-ink devices, however, can’t hold a candle to the multimedia power of an iPad.
It’s now also possible to print PDF’s and notes using Apples new AirPrint feature, although only a few printers currently support this capability. This should change, however, as more manufactures begin to include AirPrint features into future printers. You can now also organize books and PDF’s into “Collection” with the swipe of a finger.
Although iBooks isn’t a perfect solution to reading e-books, lacking a sharing feature for instance, Apple continues to refine and improve the experience of reading a book on an electronic device. I don’t think any device will ever totally be able to replace paper books once and for all, but Apple does make the experience a pleasant one.