iPad maker Apple has announced a number of new ereading features and tools including wireless page synching within its iBooks ebook app between devices and a new digital magazine stand.
The new features were announced on Monday by Apple CEO Steve Jobs at the computer giant’s developers conference.
iBooks users who install the app on more than one iPad, iPhone or iPod will be able to move seamlessly between devices thanks to the company’s forthcoming iCloud service which will sync bookmarks across all devices.
The company has also announced a new digital magazine feature called Newstand which will display all newspaper and magazine titles subscribed to via the App Store on a virtual shelf.
Titles offering subscriptions will be displayed in a new section of the App Store, allowing users to quickly find content.
New issues of subscribed titles will in the Newsstand app and will be updated automatically in the background with the latest issue and the most recent cover art.
Both features will be included in iOS 5, the latest operating system version for Apple’s iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch devices which will be available in the autumn.
Apple also used the event to announce it had passed 130m ebook downloads via iBooks though it did not say whether this figure included free books.