Apple has advanced eBook reading with the new iBook 1.3 update, presenting a read aloud feature in select books with automatic page turning, highlighting words, automatically playing audio & video content in the books, and improvement on downloading large books. Or has it? Users have experienced a few glitches with the update—encountering silent narrators that make us wonder whether we should have went with Amazon Kindle or Google eBookstore instead.
The iBook iOS app update is free, requiring iOS 3.2 or higher, and is compatible with the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. It has Apple’s usual appealing, sleek characteristics with some modernistic features.
The iBook 1.3 contains read aloud for select children’s books. The app is also capable of highlighting words as they’re being read, helping children learn to read. There is a picture of a speaker at the top of the app, and the user simply taps the speaker to enable sounds. There is also an option of turning the pages manually or automatically in this menu.
Books including multimedia content, such as audio or video, will automatically play on iBook 1.3, as well.
The update also acts more efficiently with larger books than before. There used to be incidents of the app displaying the same page twice, but this new update has corrected that issue.
However, there are definitely glitches with this update. It is said to have difficulty functioning on the iPad and iPhone 4 on the latest iOS. When the read aloud is selected, the pages will turn properly, but there is no sound. Apple is aware of this glitch, and I’m sure they will have it perfected shortly, as they always do.
Electronic book worms everywhere are stocking up their virtual shelves, and Apple needs to fix these glitches before they slither over to Amazon or Google!