iBooks Renamed to Apple Books, Gains Reading Now Tab, Bookstore, Audiobook Section

Apple is making its big announcements today at WWDC, and they shared a few details about Apple’s ebook app.

iBooks is getting a huge update as well as a new name when iOS 12 is released. It is now called  Apple Books, and it’s going to feature an updated library view that puts a better emphasis on your content as well as a new Apple Books bookstore that includes a section for audiobooks.

Best of all, it will have a “Reading Now” section when you first open the app, showing you a live preview of the book you most recently were reading and where you left off.

iOS 12 is in beta right now. So far as I can tell, the official release date has not been announced.

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.


  1. Suzanne4 June, 2018

    If it doesn’t allow more customization of fonts, margins and line spacing – it will still be unlikable and unusable.

  2. R5 June, 2018

    I want the app to prevent “screen timeout” or allow me to set a longer time. I normal use one minute as the universal rule, but it is not enough when I am reading a book in the app. It is stupid to set the universal to a longer time.

  3. Allen F5 June, 2018

    It going to have to be a game changer to get me to waste money on an iToy …


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