Apple confirmed at its Worldwide Developer Conference last week that a new app called Apple Books would be replacing iBooks this fall, as part of the update to iOS 12.
The Apple Books app allows iPhone and iPad users to discover and enjoy new books, as well as audiobooks.
Eddy Cue, Apple's Senior Vice President of Internet Software & Services, calls this the company's "biggest books redesign ever...we hope this beautiful app inspires both customers and authors alike."
The new Reading Now tab is home to the books you are currently reading or listening to, as well as a place to find new favourites. With Want to Read, you can keep a wishlist of books you hear about. Complete the Series or You Might Like present books based on those you have recently finished.
Apple Books will also feature a prominent, dedicated Audiobooks tab for the first time, so you can listen to books at home or on the go on iPhone and iPad or in the car with CarPlay.
The Book Store tab makes it easy to browse content, including Top Charts, Staff Picks, Editorial Collections, and Special Offers & Free. The new design lets you swipe between books. As you read more books from the Store, you will receive personalized recommendations based on your purchases in For You, similarly to how For You works in Apple Music.
In the Library tab, peruse your full collection of books with large, easy-to-see cover art, including the books downloaded to your device and a Finished section showcasing the books you have read in the past and the date you finished them, displayed in a timeline.
The new Apple Books app launches this fall, with the Book Store available in 51 countries, and free books available in 155 countries.