I and others have have previously commented on the underwhelming nature of Apple’s iBooks app yet, something like 16 months after it launched, it remains the least exciting of Apple’s stores.
None of the usual Apple innovation seems present and the app still lacks basic features such as a ‘night mode’ or add-ons implemented by rivals such as sharing books with friends.
Plus, though it’s not a feature I especially care for, many users are frustrated that the latest version of Max OS X didn’t include a version of iBooks so they could read on the desktop Mac or MacBook.
As an iBooks user it’s sometimes hard not to feel like a stood up date, you keep expecting Apple to turn up with the flowers and gifts but as the night goes on you slowly start to suspect they just don’t care as much as you do.
Why has Apple still not implemented an iOS folder-style collections system in iBooks? It’d be great to stick all the books in a series, or by a specific author in a single folder.
The sepia colour scheme usefully reduces screen glare but it’s no replacement for a proper white on black night mode. Adding a third colour scheme is hardly going to present much of a challenge to Apple’s developers so why the long wait?
Hopefully these and other features will come in the next version of iOS which is headed our way later this year, if not iBooks risks being left behind by rival apps which do get regular updates and feature tweaks.