WWDC: iBooks to come to the Mac

Serenity Caldwell
11 June, 2013
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Book lovers, teachers and students rejoice: iBooks has come to the Mac – and it supports iBooks Author books, too. Apple Senior Vice President Craig Federighi previewed the new Mac version of iBooks to a cheering audience at Tuesday’s Worldwide Developers Conference keynote, alongside other improvements in the upcoming OS X Mavericks.

iBooks for Mac includes all the features users have come to expect in the iBooks app on iOS, including full access to the iBookstore and your iCloud-synced user library. The bookshelves of iOS 6 are gone, leaving simple rows of cover titles in your library.

Once you open a book, you’re presented briefly with the cover before your text is revealed. Once inside, you can bring your book to full screen, add bookmarks, search through the book, change the text size and font, switch to Night Mode, add highlights and notes and study using study cards.

In addition, iBooks for Mac, like its iPad cousin, lets you read iBooks Author-created books directly on your Mac (to the joy of teachers and students everywhere). iBooks for Mac supports all features present in iBooks Author books on the iPad.

While Federighi didn’t say so explicitly, it’s likely iBooks for Mac will arrive bundled as part of OS X Mavericks when it arrives this spring. Developers, meanwhile, can see a sneak peek in a preview released today on the Apple Developer portal.


By Serenity Caldwell. Macworld


Check out the following links for more WWDC news, analysis and discussion:

iOS 7
Help: FAQ: everything you need to know about iOS 7
Blogs: 27 new iOS 7 features Apple didn’t talk about
News: Apple unveils iOS 7
Blogs: iOS 7: how its latest features stack up to Android
Blogs: Siri in iOS 7: Apple still playing catch up with Google, but moving aggressively
News: Siri gets smarter in iOS 7, ditches Google for search
Blogs: What Apple’s new AirDrop data sharing says about NFC
News: Apple’s law enforcement critics ‘appreciative’ of new activation lock

OS X Mavericks
Help: FAQ: everything you need to know about OS X Mavericks
News: Apple previews OS X ‘Mavericks’
News: iBooks to come to the Mac
News: Safari gets energy-efficient update in Mavericks

MacBook Air
Features: Lab tested: Haswell MacBook Air benefits from faster graphics, flash storage
News: New MacBook Airs get better battery life & graphics performance
News: Apple’s Mac move could spur PCIe flash flurry in notebooks, desktops
News: Intel’s new Haswell chips may be hot, but not in a good way

Mac Pro
News: The wait is nearly over: Apple unveils new Mac Pro
Features: The new Mac Pro: what you need to know
Help: Will your creative software run on the Mac Pro 2013?

Blogs: iOS 7, Mavericks and more: developers react to WWDC announcements
Blogs: Apple’s events move on, and so does the company
Blogs: Meet the new Apple, same as the old Apple
News: The Apple Design Award winners
News: Apple’s big-screen TV was a no-show at WWDC, but analysts say it’s coming soon
News: Anki’s AI cars show off App Store strength

News: Apple sees chance to compete with Office on the web
News: iWork for iCloud highlights productivity suite update

iTunes Radio
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