Apple’s free iBooks e-book reader was updated to 1.2 earlier today. I’ve checked out all of the new features, except for the bit about the fully illustrated books (I’ll just take Apple on their word or wait for someone else to try that out). Collections are a very welcome addition, although I’m not sure they’ve […]
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iBooks 1.2 for iPhone and iPad: Collections, AirPrint, and illustrated book support

Apple’s free iBooks e-book reader was updated to 1.2 earlier today.

I’ve checked out all of the new features, except for the bit about the fully illustrated books (I’ll just take Apple on their word or wait for someone else to try that out).

Collections are a very welcome addition, although I’m not sure they’ve been implemented in a particularly elegant manner. They’re basically just lists of books that you can create by editing your master list and moving them to a different screen, much like IMAP folders for e-mail. I was honestly picturing something a lot closer to Folders on the homescreen, but I suppose that would have been a little limiting on space.

AirPrint now works for notes that you’ve typed up in iBooks, but I’m not particularly sure how useful this will be. I printed out a page of my notes from one of the free e-books I’d been reading and, although the printout is very nicely formatted, it doesn’t really give me very much obvious information. I do see the notes and the dates that I made them, but they don’t correspond to any page in iBooks. There is a set of 19 numbers and letters right at the bottom of the printout, but it’s not terribly obvious what they might mean (my best guess is that it’s an ISBN or ISSN to identify the book).

I also checked a few of my books to see whether or not the page counts had been affected, but I honestly haven’t noticed a very big difference so far. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, since iBooks had some pretty good margins by default, but this is probably a change that none but the most fanatical readers will notice. 🙂

If anybody has more impressions to share, hit us up in the comments.

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