Apple has been selling audiobooks for far longer than they've sold ebooks, but in all that time the two book formats have been divided between iBooks and iTunes. But with the next iOS update, that could change.
Apple Insider reports that with the iOS 8.4 beta release, readers will find audiobooks accessible from inside the iBooks app.
Within the iBooks app itself on an iPhone or iPad, audiobooks occupy their own unique collection, accessible from the pull-down menu at the top of the screen. Notably listeners can open a selectable tracklist for each book, and fast-forward or fast-rewind through a title by tapping and dragging the cover art.
I don't have the update and can't confirm the news, but I did note that the current dropdown menu lets you chose between books and PDFs. I could see where Apple might add audiobooks as an option:
To be clear, all we know at this time is that you will be able to listen to audiobooks from inside iBooks; we don't know whether the audiobook section of iTunes will also be shifted over to the iBooks app.
That would not be a bad idea, I think. Right now I can buy audiobooks (and play them) through the Music button on my iPad. That path doesn't make any more sense than buying the audiobooks through the iBooks app, so it would be a good idea to reorganize and shift the content from one app to the other.
In related news, the iOS8.4 update will also give CarPlay users a new Audiobooks app. According to AI, It's going to have the iBooks icon.
iOS8.4 is in beta, and it isn't expected before Apple's WWDC event in June.
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