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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



  1. Jeff Simpson

    Joined: Dec 1969



    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


    Full screen mode

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

  1. ccrider

    Joined: Dec 1969



    '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


    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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