Apple just released a major update to its iBooks app. This update adds many new features, including a new nighttime theme for reading in the dark and a full-screen mode.

Many small features are also added, such as new fonts, beautiful classic covers for public domain books, and a redesigned annotation palette.

It’s been a while since Apple has released a major update to iBooks, and version 1.5 fixes a lot of issues. The new nighttime reading theme will help people out a lot because staring at a white screen at night is hard on the eyes. This makes the iPhone and iPad a much better tool for reading books.

  • iBooks 1.5 adds the following new features as well as some stability and performance improvements:
  • Nighttime reading theme makes reading books in the dark easier on the eyes.
  • Full-screen layout lets you focus on the words without distraction.
  • iBooks now features an improved selection of fonts, including Athelas, Charter, Iowan, and Seravek.
  • Beautiful new classic covers for public domain books.
  • A redesigned annotation palette makes it easier to choose a color for your highlighted text.

You can download iBooks 1.5 in the App Store for free.

Screenshots highlighting some of the new features:

What do you think of the new iBooks?

  • Does it work with ios 5 jail broken?

  • Ah, it finally became a usefull app.

  • Mine won’t even update on my 4s it says waiting and then just stops and goes back to the main icon

  • Eww they copied the tweak f.lux it’s just worse. Wish Apple would put a full nighttime mode it is so nice try f.lux for ou idevice or computer

  • ios 5 support?
    JB support???

  • Anonymous

    Yes it does like all the apps from the iStore. Why shouldn’t it? What makes you think it might not work?

    • Anonymous

      iBooks is known to have issues with jailbroken devices. The previous version would crash as soon as it was opened in iOS 5. I remember there being issues around the time iOS 4 came out too.

      Anyways, I hope this version works fine, but I doubt it will.

      • well, seems that it does not. I installed it right above the previous version, which was modified to work with ios5 JB. But no success. No changes, to be precise. I still have old version after this new install.

        Any ideas?

      • because it’s more than 20mb … try to use wifi in order to download it ..or download it using itunes … then sync it

      • Anonymous

        Yes; you are right iBooks is not working right in a jailbroken iDevice. I just had to download “iBooks Fix for iOS 5”

  • I installed it using itunes

    • Anonymous

      I’m sure that the same people who modified iBooks to run on jb’n iOS 5 will release an updated version soon.

  • working just fine on JB ios5 with old fixing method ^_^ … tested it on my iphone4

  • and the night theme is something i’ve been looking for for a loooong time !

  • Anonymous

    Okay everyone- iBooks now works on iOS 5, jailbroken. Only thing is, it detects your iDevice as jailbroken, and tells you so.

    The fixing method for the previous version should still work, however.

    • Anonymous

      Which fix are you using? :S
      I only know of 3. One of them installs a modified iBooks 1.3 via Cydia, the 2nd moves your current version of iBooks to the system apps directory via Cydia, and the 3rd is manually moving the folder to the system apps dir.
      None of them are working for me.

      • Anonymous

        I don’t use any, I said that from a previous comment above mine.

  • this is my answer to this post:

    i had a simpler solution that let me BUY and SYNC already done. With the new ibooks, i just did it again and saw that it worked perfectly again, tried buying and syncing and got it done without no problem!


    Step 1: Open iFile, and copy from /var/mobile/Applications/(iBook’s folder)/ to /Applications. You can use SBSettings, or just go through each folder to identify the correct iBooks folder. If you don’t have a lot of App Store apps, this should be simple.

    Step 2: Restart

    Step 3: Change recursively the permissions of the NEW (the one that you copied) to 755.

    Step 4: open ibooks and try it all out. Remember to keep both versions (one in var/mobile/…. and another in /applications)

    you can try it out by yourself and if you think it’s worth it post it so more people will be able to get it back working fully!

    • is that restart or respring. I don’t wanna restart because I’m JB tethered and using Gevey. It’s a pain to get the phone unlocked again after powering it off.

    • Anonymous

      This method worked for me, thanks!
      I was doing something similar before, I just wasn’t changing permissions. ;x

    • Rodrigo Zauli

      How is supposed to “change recursively the permissions” of the new to 755?