Apple has rolled out two major changes to its iBooks digital book platform this week. First the company added an iBooks section to iTunes, allowing you to purchase and download books from your computer the same way you would for apps, music, and movies. Second, the company has rolled out iBooks 1.3 for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. It’s available as a [itunes link=”http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ibooks/id364709193?mt=8&uo=4″ title=”iBooks” text=”free download from the App Store”].

The big changes in iBooks 1.3 include a read-aloud feature in selected children’s books and the ability to automatically play audio or video included with enhanced eBooks. I’m not sure that last one is a feature rather than a bug.

iBooks 1.3 also fixes a bug that caused some books to show the same page twice and Apple says the app is now more responsive when opening long books.

Brad Linder

Brad Linder is editor of Liliputing and Mobiputing. He's been tinkering with mobile tech for decades and writing about it since...