As part of the release of iOS 12 earlier today, Apple iBooks has been renamed and pretty much completely revamped. The new Apple Books comes stock as part of the iOS 12 update but you can download it from the App Store. While the new name is more reflective of the post-“i” era of Apple, it is clear from the moment you open this new app that the Cupertino company has put a lot of work in rethinking out their ebook app should work and feel.
First, there is a new Reading Now page that is shown when you first open the new Apple Books. Think of it, as Apple describes it, as your digital nightstand. It is designed to give you quick access to what you are already reading but also give you recommendations based on what you are reading.
The Book Store where you can discovery and buy new books has also gotten a significant revamp in this update. It is easier to find new books and now, thanks to the dedicated section for audiobooks, you can find those easier too.
Collections has been a part of iBooks for sometime now but in Apple Books, they get a remake as well. First, there are a lot of new collections auto-generated like “Want to Read”, “Finished”, and dedicated collections for Audiobooks and PDFs.
Here are the full release notes from Apple for the update.
Apple Books has been completely redesigned to make discovering and enjoying books and audiobooks simple and fun.
• Reading Now is your personal digital nightstand, making it easy to return to books you’re currently reading and get great recommendations for what to read next.
• The new Book Store makes it easy to discover your next favorite book — see what’s new and popular from our editors each week or browse recommendations chosen just for you.
• Apple Books now has a dedicated audiobooks store, where you can find immersive stories and informative nonfiction books narrated by your favorite authors and actors.
• Add books and audiobooks you’d like to read next to the new Want to Read collection.
• Auto-Night mode now works everywhere in Apple Books, making it easy to browse the Book Store and read in bed without waking anyone up.
• Organize your library just the way you want with more flexible collections — even see a timeline of the books you’ve finished or books that are downloaded on your device.
If you were a fan of iBooks, you will really like Apple Books. It feels a lot more polished.
One final thing to keep in mind. The new update works great on iOS 12 but any collection changes you make won’t sync to your MacBook until MacOS Mojave is released next week. Sync between your iOS devices works with no problem.