Earlier today Apple released version 1.3 of iBooks. According to the product description page, the update adds several new features and improvements including improved responsiveness and autoplay of video or audio in enhanced books. Plus, it addresses an issue where some books displayed the same page twice.
The really big news however is in the new feature which gives iBooks 1.3 the ability for select children’s books to be read aloud. According to Apple this feature will “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.”