iBooks: Apple's New iTunes-Like Store And App For Books (VIDEO)

iBooks: Apple's New iTunes-Like Store And App For Books (PICTURE)

UPDATE: Scroll down for a video of the announcement.

On Wednesday, Apple announced iBooks, a new iTunes-like store for books and accompanying app to browse books on the new iPad.

The iBooks app, announced at today's iPad event, seems to allow users to create a virtual bookshelf on the iPad screen, pick a book and start reading.

Apple used to sell "iBooks," a now discontinued laptop, from 1999 to 2005.

It was announced at today's Apple event that you can change pages with a tap or swipe on the new iPad, and readers can even choose the font the text is displayed in.

Here is some of the first Twitter reaction to the "iBookstore:"

tuawlive: iBooks store is very similar to iTunes, with popups. Pricing looks competitive (looks), page turning has slick animations.

jakksky: "Our new app is called iBooks...."It looks like a bookshelf and there's a button to a store.

lindseycholmes: You can browse the book store, which looks a lot like the iTunes album interface, & you can download right to your "bookshelf" in iBooks.

WATCH a video of the iBooks presentation:
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