Apple working on revamped Books app

Apple working on revamped Books app

If the new report is true, Apple's push to modernize iBooks could significantly increase the level of competition in online books. In addition to design changes, it also includes a new e-book-store that looks more like Apple 's recently-revamped App Store.

The company is working on a redesigned version of its iBooks app - potentially called just Books - that's supposed to be simpler to use and feature an updated digital bookstore, according to Bloomberg, which cited unnamed sources.

The iPhone X could see a new digital book app in the future. There are new icons for book categories and other app sections, including a new icon for the "Reading Now" feature mentioned in the original report. There's no official date for the debut of the new app, but it's reportedly slated to be released in the coming months. That is likely due in part to a 2013 ruling by the U.S. Department of Justice covering fixed pricing for e-books in Apple's iBooks store.

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The iBooks redesign is being spearheaded by Kashif Zafar, former senior vice president with Amazon's audiobook unit Audible, to lead the effort. Ultimately, we reported at the time, Apple was forced to pony-up a whopping $450 million fine to settle the claims.

Apple moved its attention on the services side to Apple Music, iTunes and the App Store, but the company will need to expand its reach if it plans to generate $50 billion in revenue by 2021, as Tim Cook says it will.

Clearly Apple doesn't want to miss the chance to capitalize on the e-book and audiobook market, which has become increasingly popular but is also now dominated by Amazon.

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