Apple has been busy, updating its iBooks app hot on the heels of the last update in June that brought iPad compatibility and the ability to display PDF documents. Version 1.1 of iBooks brings something new entirely: the ability to experience audio and video in ebooks. The full list of new features and changes in this version is as follows:
- Double-tap an image within a book to view it in greater detail.
- Experience books that include audio and video.
- Enjoy substantial performance improvements when reading PDFs.
- Look-up definitions to English words inside books without a specified language.
- Addresses an issue that may have caused some book downloads to not complete.
- Includes many stability and performance improvements.
There are no new press releases from Apple at this time describing this new audio and video capability but we’re guessing that some compatible ebooks will debut shortly. Amazon’s Kindle competing app was just updated late last month to add multimedia capability and a handful of compatible ebooks are already available that take advantage of this. It appears that Apple is working on keeping up with Amazon when it comes to ebook reading features on its own devices.