Apple Updates iBooks with Illustrations, Collections

Apple updated its iBooks app for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad to version 1.2 Wednesday. The update adds support for illustrations, the ability to print through AirPrint, and improved text layout for books. The company also added the ability to organize your books and PDFs into Collections.

iBooks is Apple’s answer to Amazon’s Kindle, a store for buying books published in digital form, and a reader for reading them on your iOS device.

Apple’s patch notes for version 1.2:

  • Experience fully illustrated books, from children’s picture books to beautifully designed art books, available for download in the iBookstore.
  • Organize your books and PDFs into personal Collections. Swipe left or right to jump between Collections.
  • Print PDF documents and notes you’ve written in iBooks using AirPrint.
  • iBooks now fits more words per page by automatically hyphenating text, available only on iOS 4.2 or later.

The download is free and is available now from the App Store.

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