On Tuesday, Apple offered more information on the iOS 12 Apple Books app that arrives this fall. First announced at last week’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), the refreshed app replaces iBooks on both iPhone and iPad.
Noting that Apple Books puts together books and audiobooks for the first time, Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software & Services, explains:
Apple Books will inspire a love of reading — it puts a world of books and audiobooks right at your fingertips, whether you want to dive into your favorite story for a couple of minutes or a few hours. This is our biggest books redesign ever, and we hope this beautiful app inspires both customers and authors alike.
As we previously noted, this redesign includes four main sections, including:
- The new Reading Now tab is home to the books you are currently reading or listening to, as well as a great place to find a new favorite. With Want to Read, you can conveniently keep a wishlist of books you hear about. Complete the Series or You Might Like present books based on those you have recently finished. All of these features make Reading Now the perfect virtual nightstand.
- Apple Books will also feature a prominent, dedicated Audiobooks tab for the first time, so you can listen to books at home or on the go on iPhone and iPad or in the car with CarPlay.
- The Book Store tab makes it easy to browse all that Apple Books has to offer, including Top Charts, Staff Picks, Editorial Collections, and Special Offers & Free. The new design lets you swipe between books, and makes discovering something you will love to read intuitive and fun. As you read more books from the Store, you will receive personalized recommendations based on your purchases in For You.
- In the Library tab, you can peruse your full collection of books with large, easy-to-see cover art, including the books downloaded to your device and a Finished section showcasing the books you have read in the past and the date you finished them, displayed in a timeline.
The Apple Books app will be available in 155 countries this fall when iOS 12 is released to the public. At launch, the Book Store will be open in 51 of those countries. Free books will be offered in all 155 countries.