Apple Announces iBooks Update at iPad Mini Event

iBooksApple opened its keynote iPad mini event with its typical numbers rundown, going through iPhone sales, iOS 6 downloads, and more. Then the company followed up with an announcement of a serious update to its iBooks app.

The new iBooks features several new features including flick to scroll, additional languages, better social integration, and improved iCloud capabilities.

With the updated iBooks , you can down flick down to scroll through your book, giving you an option other than flicking left and right to turn pages. This may be preferred for some of you, but rest assured, you can still use it like a real book.

Better integration with iCloud will allow users to purchase books on any device, and they will automatically show up on the bookshelf. What’s more, you can now start a book on your iPhone and then finish it up on your iPad, picking up right where you left off.

New social networking options may be the most exciting announcement of the new iBooks. You can now highlight and share your favorite book quotes on both Facebook and Twitter.

iBooks 3.0 will be a free download, and it will be available for you to download later today. If you already own iBooks, you can update it in the App Store, but if you don’t, now is the time to download it.

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