Lost among the numerous big announcements Apple had this week is an update ot their iBooks ebook reader app. Version 1.3 adds a read-aloud feature for some children’s books. The twist is that a real human narrator reads the text instead of a synthesized voice.
– Help your children learn to read with the new read-aloud feature included in select children’s books from the iBookstore.
– The read-aloud feature uses a real narrator to read the book to you, and in some books, it will even highlight the words as you read along.
– Enhanced books can now automatically play audio or video included with the book.
It is not clear, however, how to find and identify these narrated childrens’ books in the iBooks store.
Apple’s iBooks app is available for free in the iTunes App Store. It also works with PDF and ePub doucment files in addition to ebooks purchased from the iBooks store.
iBooks 1.3 (iTunes App Store)