Goodbye iBooks, Hello Books. Apple Plans On Adding Major Changes To Its E-BookStore
Apple has plans on battling Amazon in the digital book market by making some major changes to its current iBooks app.
Yes, that’s right, Apple will make changes to its iBooks app to compete with Amazon. According to recent news, Apple has hired an Amazon executive to help make changes to iBooks which will soon feature a cleaner interface to highlight books that are currently being read and a tab for audio books. The redesigned iBooks is said to look like Apple’s updated App Store which launched this past year.
When Apple released the first beta of iOS 11.3 to developers earlier this week, people noticed that Apple changed the name from iBooks to Books.
Back in 2012, Apple and several major publishers were accused by the Department of Justice of colluding to raise e-book prices. Moreover, the federal court ruled that Apple conspired to raise prices of e-book and was issued to pay a $450 million fine in 2016. Since then, Amazon has been dominating the e-book market and was able to capture more than 80 percent of the market in early 2017.
We’ll see if Apple is able to compete with Amazon again after it rolls out its new Books app this year. According to Bloomberg, the app’s official update will be released in the “coming months.”
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