Apple has just announced the availability of iBooks, Apple’s 1.8 million title online bookstore, on their new version of OS X, Mavericks. The new app will allow you to read purchased books and textbooks right from the desktop and purchase titles on the fly.
iBooks has long been the “third” ebook store after Amazon’s Kindle store and Barnes&Noble’s Nook. This move increases the app’s visibility on the desktop and allows users to purchase books on one platform that are available to read on mobile devices.
You can arrange books into collections and a new UI allows you to swipe between pages and drop into “night mode” to reduce eye strain in the dark. The app also supports interactive aspects of iBooks books. The app seems to be custom-made for students with a focus on note-taking and cross-platform reading.