Apple Books didn’t get much love in iOS 15, but that will all change when iOS 16 releases this fall. The reading app will receive new options that allow you to customize the reading experience to your needs. Choose reading themes for different environments and moods or change the font, spacing, text size and other settings. The audiobook player has been redesigned with revamped player controls and a mini player that makes it easy to keep listening while you browse the store. Continue listening to any audiobook you preview by purchasing the book directly in the player.
The new Apple Books experience will be available for iPad and iPhone. In iOS 15, there was a toolbar at the top of the app that provides access to chapter index, font tweaks, search tools, and bookmarks, but in iOS 16, everything has been moved to the bottom of the application. There is a single tappable icon at the bottom of the book interface to access settings. It provides a distraction-free reading experience. Press the button to display all the settings available in the Books app. The top menu bar features the table of contents, while there’s also an option to access all your bookmarks and highlights.
Tap Themes & Settings to see options to change font size and background color. There are a few new color options in iOS 16, including a lighter gray, a different shade of white, and a light yellow. Tapping Options brings up different fonts and the option to make text bold. There are easy-to-access accessibility settings to adjust line spacing, word spacing, and character spacing, as well as to toggle full justification. Apple also changed the way pages turn and got rid of the skeuomorphic page system.
Michael Kozlowski has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for twelve years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and The New York Times. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.