The next version of iBooks (or Books, as it will be called) won't be coming for another few months, but the current version of iOS does have one treat for readers.
9to5Mac reports that last week Apple released iOS 11.2.5. This is a relatively minor update
HomePod owners can have Siri read them the news through their smart speaker (the HomePod itself runs iOS). Or at least they will be able to do so when their unit arrives; the $349 HomePod launched at Apple's conference in June 2017, but it doesn't ship until next week.
According to the changelog, all you have to do is say, "Hey Siri, play the news". You can even request specific news categories such as sports, music, or business.
- Setup and automatically transfer your Apple ID, Apple Music, Siri and Wi-Fi settings to HomePod.
- Siri can now read the news, just ask, "Hey Siri, play the news". You can also ask for specific news categories including Sports, Business or Music.
Other improvements and fixes
- Addresses an issue that could cause the Phone app to display incomplete information in the call list
- Fixes an issue that caused Mail notifications from some Exchange accounts to disappear from the Lock screen when unlocking iPhone X with Face ID
- Addresses an issue that could cause Messages conversations to temporarily be listed out of order
- Fixes an issue in CarPlay where Now Playing controls become unresponsive after multiple track changes
- Adds ability for VoiceOver to announce playback destinations and AirPod battery level