The iBooks app has been updated, as promised at Apple’s recent WWDC 2010 keynote address. The new version number for the app is 1.1 and the major new features added include:
- PDFs added to the Library area of the app – so you can browse and open PDF files imported via email or iTunes sync from within the app
- The ability to add notes to pages of books and PDFs
- More bookmarking options
Here’s the full What’s New list from iBooks’ App Store page:
• In addition to iPad, iBooks is now available on any iPhone or iPod with iOS 4.
• Open and read PDF documents from Mail. PDF documents will be added to your library and appear on the PDF bookshelf. You can even search PDFs for words or phrases and bookmark your favorite pages.
• Take advantage of new ways to bookmark. In addition to highlighting a word or a passage, you can now also add notes or bookmark an entire page with the new page ribbon.
• Keep your bookmarks, notes, and your current page wirelessly in sync between iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch with the new automatic bookmark syncing feature.
• See your book pages in a new font, called Georgia.
• Read your books on white or sepia colored pages.
• Choose left or fully justified text layout from Settings.
• Read pages with greater ease by increasing to even larger font sizes.
• Enjoy greater stability and better performance.
I installed the update last night and have given it a very quick tryout today. The new features seem to work well. The library happily showed me a couple of PDFs I downloaded and adding and viewing notes is easy and implemented nicely I think.
You can find the latest version of the iBooks app in the App Store now, and it is still a free app.