- iBooks 2
- Partnering with textbook makers
- iBooks Author (free in Mac App store)
- iTunes U app (for delivering content to students)
iBooks 1.5 includes new fonts and ways to customize your reading experience, including a night theme which switches the display to white text on a black background. Besides providing you with excellent readability in low light, it also significantly reduces glare than might distract your “ready to go to sleep” companion if you’re reading in bed. To activate it, tap the Font icon in the controls at the top of the page, then the Themes button, and then Night (if the controls at the top aren’t visible, tap the page. Tapping it again will hide them). On the iPad there’s also a Full Screen switch at the bottom of the Themes list which hides the graphical elements that frame the text within a virtual book and gives you a few more words to the page.
Owners of iPad, iPhone or iPod touch who also use a Mac take heed! You have an easy way to add a document or Web page to your device. This is a tip from and anomymous MacOSXHints.com reader, and an embellishment from reader dute.
If you want to quickly add a document or a Web page to your Books collection in iTunes, all you need to do is to create an alias of iTunes.app and drag it to ~/Library/PDF Services. (You can create the folder if it doesn’t already exist.) Now, when you’re browsing the Web or viewing documents and you decide that you want to read them later on a portable Apple device, just hit Print, click the PDF button on the bottom left corner of the window and choose iTunes. iTunes will launch and receive the PDF. Next time you sync your device, the document will be synced as well.
…If you’d prefer not to mess around in the ~/Library folder, reader dute lets us know that you can also click Edit Menu from the Print PDF drop down, hit the plus sign, and add the iTunes application that way.