Apple has released an update to iBooks, its native e-reading app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
iBooks 1.2.2 brings with it "a number of important stability and performance improvements." Apple said it "addresses issues playing video included with enhanced books from the iBookstore
" and "resolves a problem where some books open with a different font than expected."
iBooks was announced along with the first iPad last spring. It was released for the iPad in April and became available for the iPhone and iPod touch later in the year when Apple rolled out iOS 4.
After Random House adopted the "agency model" for e-books earlier this spring, it became the last of the "big six" publishers to be included in the iBookstore. Under this sales model, Random House sets consumer prices for e-texts and awards a commission to retailers for each sale. As with other publishing apps, Apple takes a 30 percent cut and awards the remaining 70 percent back to the publisher.
When the iPad 2 was unveiled on March 11, Apple CEO Steve Jobs opened the keynote with a PowerPoint slide that confirmed Random House's inclusion in the iBookstore.
iBooks 1.2.2 is a minor update. Apple rolled out iBooks 1.2 in December, after which Apple expanded the stores selection, adding more than 100 color e-books including picture books, children's books, cookbooks, and photo books. Texts like chef Thomas Keller's cookbook "Ad Hoc at Home," books from the "Olivia" children's book series, and a collection of photos from photographer Ansel Adams are just a few examples of color books available in the iBookstore.