IBooks is an e-book application by Apple Inc. for its iOS and macOS operating systems and devices. It was announced in conjunction with the iPad on January 27,2010, initially, iBooks was not pre-loaded onto iOS devices, but users could install it free of charge from the iTunes App Store. With the release of iOS8, it became an integrated app, on June 10,2013, at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference, Craig Federighi announced that iBooks would also be provided with OS X Mavericks in fall 2013. It primarily receives EPUB content from the iBooks Store, but users can add their own EPUB. Additionally, the files can be downloaded to iBooks through Safari or Apple Mail and it is also capable of displaying e-books that incorporate multimedia. According to product information as of March 2010, iBooks will be able to read the contents of any page using VoiceOver. On January 19,2012 at a special event in New York City, Apple announced the free release of iBooks 2. The iBooks Author Conference, the gathering of digital content creators around Apples iBooks Author, has convened since 2015. A2017 conference has been announced for later this year, with keynote from NASA, iBooks was announced alongside the iPad at a press conference in January 2010. The store itself, however, was released in America three days before the iPad with the introduction of iTunes 9.1 and this was supposedly to prevent too much traffic on Apples servers, as they have been overloaded with previous releases of the iPhone. On the day of its launch, on March 31,2010, on April 8,2010, Apple announced that iBooks would be updated to support the iPhone and iPod Touch with iOS4. As a result, iBooks will not be supported on first-generation iPhones, on June 8,2010 at the WWDC Keynote it was announced that iBooks would be updated that month to read PDF files as well as have the ability to annotate both PDFs and eBooks. As of July 1, Apple expanded iBooks availability to Canada, upon its release for older devices running iOS4, such as the iPhone 3GS and iPod Touch, iBooks received criticism for its slow performance. However, a July 19 update from Apple offered several improvements, on September 27,2011, Apple expanded the premium store to the Republic of Ireland. On January 19,2012, Apple announced the release of the iBooks 2 app, allowing users to purchase, the new app will support digital textbooks that can display interactive diagrams, audio and video on the iPad. Apple also released a tool called iBooks Author. The software allows users to create these interactive textbooks themselves, on October 23,2012, Apple announced iBooks 3. On June 10,2013, Apple announced iBooks for OS X Mavericks
The iPad displaying an e-book on iBooks.
Image: I Books user interface on the i Phone and i Pod Touch (screenshot)