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iBooks 1.5 adds nighttime, full-screen reading

updated 11:05 pm EST, Tue December 6, 2011

iBooks 1.5 focuses on distraction-free reads

Apple late Tuesday gave readers an important update to iBooks (App Store). The 1.5 update catches up to some rival apps with a nighttime mode that switches to gray-on-black for reading with little or no light. Full-screen is also an option for those who want even more text on the screen, such as a children's book.

Other updates bring a new annotation palette to help pick the color for a highlight as well as four new choices for fonts. Public domain books now have better-looking covers to help them look like they belong in the library.

Running iBooks 1.5 needs iOS 4.2 on an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch.








by MacNN Staff

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  1. Jeff Simpson

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +4

    Better

    Nice! Now, just one more tweak, please - a landscape mode without the artifice of the book binding center space so that the reader's eye can go from left to right smoothly.

    This seems so Apple-like, cleaner, simpler, but this hasn't happened yet. (Yes, I know this exists in Kindle for iPad and this is my preferred mode.)

  1. phobos

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    Full screen mode

    Full screen mode brings more text on view not less text. The article needs correcting.

  1. ccrider

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    wow

    'Bout time! I actually emailed Steve a while back pleading that they add a nighttime mode like Kindle, and that it's the main reason I don't use iBooks.

    Guess he finally got around to reading it : )

  1. vintagegeek

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +4

    Finding the New Features

    The THEME features are also under under the Change Text Size Icon. Took me a while to find them and I wasn't the only one according to the reviews in the App Store.

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