iBooks is Coming to the Desktop, As Apple Claims 20% of eBook Market

As a part of its upcoming operating system release OS X Mavericks, Apple is bringing iBooks to the desktop. The expansion will allow readers who have purchased books through iBooks on their iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch to read their library on their Mac computer and vice versa. Readers who want to shop on their computers for books, can also access the titles on their other iOS devices.

Apple is catching up with the competition with this new offering. Amazon already has a desktop reading app for Kindle, and Barnes & Noble offers one for Nook. But Apple’s share of the eBook market is growing. Apple revealed in court testimony today that they own twenty percent of the eBook market. The company offers more than 1.8 million titles in the iBooks store. 

The desktop reading app, which comes out this fall, is designed to work similarly to the mobile apps. Here is more about the new app from Apple’s site:

Reading books is every bit as intuitive as it is on an iOS device — turn pages with a swipe, zoom in on images with a pinch, or scroll from cover to cover. If you’re a student hitting the books, keep as many open as you like and search through them with ease. When you quote an excerpt while writing a paper, iBooks adds a citation for you. And when you take notes, highlight passages, or add a bookmark on your Mac, iCloud pushes them to all your devices automatically.

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