As part of 2018’s iOS 12 upgrade, Apple overhauled some of the operating system’s native apps. One of the apps to get a refresh was iBooks. Along with a rename, it gained a fresh design and a host of new features.
Let’s take a deep dive into the all-new Apple Books.
What Is Apple Books?
Apple wants its Books app to become a one-stop shop for all your reading needs. It lets you add your existing ebooks, provides a portal to Apple’s ebook store so you can buy more titles, and—for the first time— enables you to listen to audiobooks.
The app can read EPUB files, PDF files, and Apple’s proprietary IBA format (used for books created in Apple’s iBooks Author app).
So how can you get the most out of the redesigned app?
1. Use the Navigation Menu
Apple Books features a new Navigation menu that makes it easier than ever to control your reading experience.
To access the menu, tap anywhere on your device’s screen while you’re reading a book. You will see five icons appear along the top of the screen.
The leftmost icon—an arrow—will quit your current book and return you to your library page. One icon over from this lets you access a book’s contents, bookmarks, and notes. There’s also a search function and a bookmark button.