iOS 16 Preview – Improvements in Apple Books

As part of iOS 16, several of the stock apps from Apple are also receiving small improvements. Apple Books is no exception and while the updates to the book reading app are subtle, they are welcome changes to overall usability and intuitiveness of the app. Obviously the Apple Books app will be updated for non-iOS 16 users when it is released as the app is a standalone app from Apple. But as part of the iOS 16 beta builds, it is included to give this preview.

The first big change you will notice with Apple Books in iOS 16 is the menu. IT has moved from the top of the display to a single button at the bottom when you are reading a book. It is far more a natural location for the menu and the Themes, Search and Bookmark features are all now under that single button, decluttering the top of the display. By-the-way, the left pointer icon to close a book has also been removed, replaced with a stock-and-standard close icon in the upper right.

A new feature of the Menu is a progress bar that shows you how much of a book you have read. It is a great visual indicator, far more so than the old progress bar at the bottom of Books in iOS 15.

New Menu Design in Apple Books in iOS 16
New Menu Design in Apple Books in iOS 16

The other big change in Books is the Themes & Settings feature. This, again, is a nice improvement that is more intuitive than previous versions of the app. When opened, you can still adjust the text size as well as change your view to a continuous scrolling style of reading rather than page turns. Further, Apple now includes six different pre-defined styles that you can use to improve your reading experience. These are suggestions of course and can be completely customized to your desired experience.

Apple Books Themes & Settings in iOS 16
Apple Books Themes & Settings in iOS 16

iOS 16 will be available later this year, perhaps as early as September, from Apple. It will for any iPhone 8 or newer.

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