iBooks for iPad (and iOS) has been updated this week – to Version 3.0.
The biggest new feature in iBooks 3 is the ability to scroll vertically through books – described like so in the update’s change list:
Scroll vertically through your books with the flick of a finger using the new Scroll theme
This update to iBooks was mentioned at Apple’s iPad Mini announcement event this past Tuesday, which on the face of it seems a little odd amidst the other big new hardware products announced at the event. The reason I think Apple dropped in a mention of this update is that this new scrolling feature seems like it is especially well suited to the new iPad Mini. The vertical scrolling should be a relatively easy gesture to use even while holding the iPad Mini with just one hand.
I’ve been trying out the vertical scrolling on my iPad 3 and I like it a lot … when it works. What I’ve noticed though is that it only seems to work with books created with iBooks Author. I’ve tried several leading iBooks titles where the new vertical scrolling does not work at all – including the Walter Isaacson biography of Steve Jobs, Guy Kawasaki’s ‘Enchantment’, and a couple others that do not look as it they were created in iBooks Author.
Maybe I missed it, but I don’t recall seeing it mentioned anywhere that this new vertical scrolling feature is limited just to books created with iBooks Author and I don’t see a mention of that in the App Store change list for iBooks 3.0.
Perhaps it’s just me, but it looks like this new feature is more limited than advertised.