In iOS 12, Apple redesigned several system apps at once. One of them was the standard iBooks reader. The program received a new name – Books – and a number of new functions.
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Apple Books – what is it?
This is Apple’s premier book reader app. In it you can read self-downloaded books, purchased e-books, buy new ones and – for the first time in history, this has never happened before – listen to audio books.
The program “understands” files in ePub, PDF and proprietary (developed by Apple) IBA – a format for books created in the iBooks Author proprietary application.
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1. Use navigation
Starting in iOS 12 Books there is a new navigation menu. To access it, while reading, simply touch the screen anywhere. Immediately after that, you will see five icons at the top.
The left one – in the form of an arrow – will return you to the library. The icon following it is responsible for displaying the table of contents of the book you are reading, bookmarks and notes. The other three buttons give access to increase-decrease fonts, search and create bookmarks, respectively.
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2. Take notes in the Books reader on iPhone and iPad
The standard iPhone and iPad reader has the ability to create notes as you read and return to them at any time. This is a very handy feature for students and those who work with “large” files and complex texts.
To create a note, press and hold your finger on the first word of your future note. Next, select the entire desired fragment completely. When you’re done, release your finger and select an option Highlight, and then click the quote icon.
Notes can also be searched. To do this, open the navigation menu (recall: touch anywhere on the screen with your finger), click on the icon Content and select the tab Notes.
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3. Highlight text
This process is very similar to adding notes. Tap on the word you want, hold your finger on the screen, and then select from the menu Highlight and click on the icon with multi-colored circles.
There are several colors to choose from for highlighting text – yellow (default), green, red, blue and purple. If desired, the text can also not be highlighted in color, but underlined in red.
In addition, the selection can be shared or deselected.
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4. Bookmark the Books Reader on iPhone and iPad
Another way to quickly return to what you read (although not as convenient) is bookmarks. To add a bookmark, open the navigation menu and select the bookmark icon in the upper right corner.
After you add a bookmark, its icon will turn red.
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If right now you want to listen, not read, and your document does not have an audio version, turn on Apple dictation, and a computer voice will announce all the information. Of course, it is better not to subject fiction to such “torture”, but with educational materials, legal documents, etc. information, it is very possible to do so.
To enable dictation, select the desired piece of text and select the appropriate option from the menu that appears.
In case the option pronounce is not among the possible options, you must enable the option pronunciation along the way Settings → Accessibility → Oral content.
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6. Customize your reading display in Books on iPhone and iPad
Apple knows that people have a hard time reading displays for long periods of time. Therefore, Cupertinians are constantly adding new tools to iOS to combat eye fatigue, which, according to statistics, affects 9 out of 10 computer users. At Books There are six “per theme” settings:
- Brightness. Use the slider to adjust the application to a brightness that is comfortable for your eyes.
- Font size. Here you will have to decide what is best for you – to fit more text on the screen (but it will be smaller, and your eyes will strain more) or “flip through” the pages more often, but enjoy large and eye-friendly text.
- Fonts. Nine fonts are available in the application – Original, Athelas, Charter, Georgia, Iowan, Palatino, San Francisco, Seravek and Times New Roman.
- Background color. White color strains the eyes more, so in Books there are other background screensavers – in sepia, granite and black colors.
- “Night” (auto mode). When activated (it is already enabled by default), in the evening, the iPhone will automatically change the “sharp” blue colors on the screen to softer yellow shades.
- Vertical scroll. Why turn pages when you can read them like web pages – by scrolling down? :).
These settings are accessed from the navigation menu (icon with letters “aa”).
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7. Audiobooks with Siri
Books Tightly integrated with Siri, so you can easily ask your personal assistant to play an audiobook on any device.
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8. Content synchronization
What does this mean? That all the books that you read or have read will be available on all your devices – from where you left off reading, with all the bookmarks, text highlights and other changes. Synchronization is carried out through Apple’s proprietary cloud service – iCloud. To enable it, on all devices open Settings, tap your account icon, select iCloud, and turn on the toggle next to iCloud Drive and Books.
Note: If you only want to sync books purchased from the Apple Store and not your ePubs and PDFs, don’t activate iCloud Drive.
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9. PDF Manager in the Books App on iPhone and iPad
New Books also work as a PDF reader. PDF files and emails are saved directly to the application – to do this, in Mail or Safari, simply open the PDF, and then click on the icon Share and select an option “Books”.
It is also possible to add handwritten notes to PDF files – to do this, click on the icon with a pen at the top of the screen. In this way, it is very easy to sign documents electronically and send them back without printing and scanning.
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10. New menu in the Books app since iOS 12
There are four new tabs in the updated Books: Reading now, Library, book store and Search. Content Store Russian-speaking readers are not very interested yet – only books in English are available there. It’s a pity – after all Books created in the image and likeness of Apple Music, and the more you tell the program about your preferences with the help of “likes” and “dislikes”, the more interesting books it offers you.
Another interesting option is located in Library. Go to this tab and click on the icon that says Collections at the top of the screen. Here are all the books you’ve read on your iOS devices – even the ones you forgot about a long time ago! Worthy of attention and section I want to read – here you can add those books for which you do not have time yet.