iBooks now updated with the new iOS 7 look.

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  1. kathy025

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    Apple is taking the "minimalistic" trend way over the top.

    Good that it works. I won't deny it's flat ugly though.

    Why "update" it if it works exactly as before?

    I agree, don't fix what ain't broke.
     
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  2. Bennettb

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    I'm not a minimalist and I find the dirty grayed background unpleasant but I can still read my books. That is the most important thing to me.

    Bobbi
     
  3. Wayneb

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    I reverted back after seeing how bad it looked, I will only buy books for the kindle app now. I read many of the large number of negative reviews and left my own, it seems Apple doesn't care that many are not happy with the new look. I can't stand iOS 7 and will just buy a Kindle HDX 8.9" tablet and leave my iPad as a dedicated home automation controller.
     
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    Well, it's a bygone world, I'm afraid - Apple (specifically Jony Ive) has 'killed skeuomorphism', the so-called 'faux' look in the previous app versions - if you want some background - READ 1 & READ 2 - for me, I've had no problem at all adjusting to the new look - flat & sleek - did not need fake wood in iBooks because I make my own bookcases in my basement workshop - :D Dave
     
  5. twerppoet

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    Pretty much every updated Apple app seems to be getting hit hard in the App Store, except Keynote. What's interesting is that only the iBooks app's bad reviews are predominantly about the new look.

    Well, bookworms as a whole do tend to be a bit conservative. I remember when ebooks first started. Most of my reading friends were convinced that giving up paper books would ruin the entire reading experience. I bet the same thing happened when bound books started replacing scrolls. The crackle of rolled paper, the smell of papyrus, the beauty of continuous text; none of that inconvenient page turning nonsense. :D

    Me? I do like paper book, especially nice leather bound editions, and I kind of liked the wood shelves in iBooks, but in the end the only thing I really care about is that whatever I'm holding goes away once I start reading. I'm there to experience the story or absorb the information. Paper, old iBooks, new iBooks; they all pass that test.


    I'll also add that I haven't been experiencing most of the problems that reviewers are blasting the other products with. Either I"m lucky (which happens sometimes), or the general outrage at change in general has those who do experience problems far more likely to take the time to write a review. Plus the bugs that plague any big update.

    Hold in mind that the iWorks apps have never had top ratings in the App Store. From what I can see that's mostly because many people buy them thinking they will be full MS Office replacements, and work exactly the same way. They aren't. They don't.
     
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  6. kathy025

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    For PDF, is it possible to sort the bookmarks by page number instead of by date?
     
  7. twerppoet

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    It doesn't look like it.

    Though if you choose the all thumbnail view the pages are in order, and you can see the bookmark icon on those pages. Usable if the PDF doesn't have more than a few dozen pages.
     
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    Unfortunately, most of my eBooks are 700+ pages (technical/IT textbooks).
    One of the more useful things Apple can do instead of the superficial changes.

    Thanks for the response though, twerppoet. :)
     
  9. twerppoet

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    If you need a better PDF reader than iBooks, there are literally dozens of them.

    I'm pretty happy with PDF Expert. There is no way to change how bookmarks sort, but they are in page order already.

    One software developer, even Apple, can't anticipate and provide every feature every user wants; and if they tried their apps would be so cluttered as to be unusable. That's why there are third party apps, so people can pick the one the suits them best.

    I'm sure you can find one that does what you want.
     
  10. Luckynp

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    Hate to upset you guys, but the new iBooks does not work exactly as before. If you have more than about 125 collections, you will find that those beyond the 125 limit will no longer display. Books are not lost, but you will have to rationalise your collections to below 125 to be able to see all your books.
     

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