Apple Redoubling Efforts on E-Books

Mark Gurman, writing for Bloomberg:

Apple is working on a redesigned version of its iBooks e-book reading application for iPhones and iPads and has hired an executive from Amazon to help.

The new app, due to be released in coming months, will include a simpler interface that better highlights books currently being read and a redesigned digital book store that looks more like the new App Store launched last year, according to people familiar with its development. The revamped app in testing includes a new section called Reading Now and a dedicated tab for audio books, the people said.

Sounds like something they might talk about Tuesday in Chicago. Apple’s last education-focused event, held at the Guggenheim in New York in January 2012, was mostly focused on iBooks and the then-new iBooks Author. (A major update to iBooks Author next week would be very welcome too.)

Thursday, 22 March 2018