What’s new in iOS 8 iBooks
Apple’s iOS 8 operating system was released a few weeks ago, and with it comes improvements to iBooks. Here’s a quick rundown of some enhancements to keep in mind with the new app.
iBooks Now Installed by Default
Prior to iOS 8, iBooks had to be downloaded from the App Store. Now the app comes installed by default (and cannot be removed). While this doesn’t affect eproducers much, it does make a better business case for supporting iBooks. With the app pre-installed, it’s possible more iOS 8 users will have iBooks become their go-to book reading app. Only time will tell.
Store, Front and Center
In yet another push to make iBooks the default bookstore for iOS users, iBooks has moved the store from a text only button that was honestly pretty hidden in iOS7 to a full persistant bottom bar with special categories and sections.
Titles now Grouped by Series
Books that are a part of a series are now grouped in the main bookshelf. Clicking on it reveals each title you own, and titles available for purchase. Probably a nice addition for readers really into their series.
Auto Night Mode
iBooks now offers readers the option of “Auto-Night Theme.” This seems to work based on the time on your device (I initially assumed it used your light meter—but that doesn’t seem to be the case.) You’re making sure your books still looks good in Night Mode, right?
Along with Safari and all WebKit views, iOS 8 includes a number of new features and fixes for web views (the underlying rendering of iBooks EPUB files). For example, I know the vh unit post I wrote a few weeks back now works even when you change orientation (a longstanding problem in iOS). Other additions to web views are here.