Apple Announces New Version Of iBooks And iBooks Author

At today’s media event, Tim Cook announced a new version of Apple’s iBooks iOS app as well as a new version of its companion tool, iBooks Author.

The updates were timed to coincide with the iPad mini event, which had an education related undertone to it.

You can download the iBooks 3 update from the App Store. Here is the change log:

  • See all your iBookstore purchases in iCloud—right on your bookshelf with iOS 6
  • Scroll vertically through your books with the flick of a finger using the new Scroll theme
  • Receive free updates to purchased books—including new chapters, corrections, and other improvements
  • Look up definitions for words in German, Spanish, French, Japanese and Simplified Chinese with iOS 6
  • Share quotes or thoughts about your favorite book with friends on Facebook, Twitter, Messages, or Mail

The iBooks Author update is live on the Mac App Store, you can download it form here. Here’s the change log:

  • Create new gorgeous portrait-only books
  • Embed custom fonts into books for complete control over text appearance
  • Add even more interactivity with new Scrolling Sidebar and Pop-Over widgets
  • Support for mathematical expressions with new native equation editing using both LaTeX and MathML notation
  • Automatic optimization of media for iPad
  • Improved support for embedded audio, including the ability to play an audio file by tapping an image
  • Improved publishing workflow, including automatic sample book creation and pre-publish checking
  • Additional Apple-designed templates
  • Version numbering for books
  • Enhanced to take advantage of the Retina display on the new MacBook Pro
  • Performance improvements
  • Usability improvements
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