Apple today sent out an email to iBooks Author
users, letting them know that the Mac app is being discontinued on July 1 and removed from the App Store
In the email, Apple says that following the inclusion of book creation tools in Pages, the company's new focus will be on developing features for the Pages app.
Thank you for being a member of the iBooks Author community. We have some news to share with you about the future of book creation.
Two years ago we brought book creation into Pages. With key features such as the ability to work on iPad, collaborate with others on a shared book, draw with Apple Pencil, and more, Pages is a great platform for making books.
As we focus our efforts on Pages, iBooks Author will no longer be updated and will soon be removed from the Mac App Store. You can continue to use iBooks Author on macOS 10.15 and earlier, and books previously published to Apple Books will remain available. If you have iBooks Author books you'd like to import into Pages for further editing, we have a book import feature coming to Pages soon.
Apple says that iBooks Author will continue to be available on macOS 10.15 and earlier for those who have already installed the apps, and books that were published to Apple Books will remain available.
In the future, Apple plans to add an import feature to Pages to allow books to be imported into the app, and a support document
covers details on how users can transition from the iBooks Author app to the Pages app.
Apple first debuted iBooks Author
for to allow Mac users to create ebooks in 2012, providing tools for creating textbooks, cookbooks, picture books, and more for the iPad. Apple offered templates and page layout options, along with drag and drop editing tools, but most of those features are now available in Pages.
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Apple today shared an in-depth preview of the all-new Books app
for iPhone and iPad coming in iOS 12 later this year.
As shown on stage at WWDC 2018
last week, the Books app has been completely redesigned with the following tabs:
- Reading Now displays all of the books you are currently reading or listening to. A new "Want to Read" section allows you to keep a wishlist of books you are interested in. "Complete the Series" or "You Might Like" present books based on those you have recently finished.
- Library displays your full collection of books with large cover art, including the books downloaded to your device. There is also a "Finished" timeline of books you have read in the past with the dates you finished them.
- Book Store allows you to browse all titles available on Apple Books, with categories such as Top Charts, Staff Picks, Editorial Collections, and Special Offers & Free. You will receive personalized recommendations based on your purchases in "For You."
- Audiobooks allows you to browse all audiobook titles available on Apple Books.
Apple's services chief Eddy Cue:
Apple Books will inspire a love of reading — it puts a world of books and audiobooks right at your fingertips, whether you want to dive into your favorite story for a couple of minutes or a few hours. This is our biggest books redesign ever, and we hope this beautiful app inspires both customers and authors alike.
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Apple's revamped iBooks app on iOS 12 will likely feature a "Today" tab that promotes books, authors, and related content on a daily basis.
That's according to Japanese blog Mac Otakara
, which reports that Apple appears to be headhunting employees from publications to build out an editorial team that would curate the content to appear in the Today tab of iBooks. Apple has posted a series of iBooks editor job listings
on LinkedIn in recent months.
The rumor makes sense given Apple plans to redesign the iBooks app
with a similar layout as the App Store on iOS 11, according to Bloomberg
's Mark Gurman. The new App Store features a Today section of its own that highlights apps, games, developers, sales, and other app-related content on a daily basis.
iBooks currently has five tabs: My Books, Featured, Top Charts, Search, and Purchased. Once the app is redesigned, it's reasonable to assume the tabs could become something like Today, Reading, Books, Audio, and Search.
Apple renamed the iBooks app to Books
in the first iOS 11.3 beta, but the name was reverted to iBooks in the fourth beta and remains that way. Perhaps we'll see the simpler Books name return when iOS 12 is released. The software update should be previewed and enter beta testing at WWDC 2018 in early June
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