by Joe White
July 29, 2013
Apple is planning on handing out free iBooks to its employees from next week, in an attempt to familiarize Apple Retail Store staff with the e-book reading software under both iOS 7 and OS X Mavericks ahead of the operating systems' anticipated fall launch. The initiative, according to 9to5Mac, is called "iBooks Discovery," and hopes to give employees the opportunity to get to know iBooks for iOS and Mac a little better. As a reminder, iBooks is set to launch for Mac later this year with OS X Mavericks, and features include full-screen mode, note-taking functionality, and an interesting study cards feature. It would appear that Apple indeed sees iBooks as a selling point for both iOS and OS X. With Apple Retail Store employees said to have received early beta versions of iOS 7 and OS X Mavericks, in-store staff will be well schooled on Apple's iBooks-powered products by the time the new software launches later this year. Both iOS 7 and OS X Mavericks are expected to launch alongside the next-generation iPhone and iPad, at some point in fall. We'll keep you updated with further information on the software as it becomes available. In the meantime, see: Bob Mansfield Leaves Apple's Executive Team To Work On Special Projects, Performance Comparison: Nexus 7 Versus iPad mini, Hardware Comparison: Google’s New Nexus 7 Versus Apple’s iPad mini.