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Using 3D Touch Features in iBooks

Using 3D Touch allows owners of the iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus to access a whole new level of interaction. Basically, 3D Touch adds pressure sensitivity to your touch experience. This means that you can use either light touches, regular taps or firm presses (aka “deep press”) to trigger different actions. These new features have primarily been adopted in Apple’s own native apps, but also in several games and productivity apps. One of the great apps supporting 3D Touch functionality is iBooks, the built-in ebook reader for EPUB and PDF files. Here’s a guide to the most useful 3D Touch gestures in iBooks.

Prerequisites: As with any 3D Touch related guide, users will require an iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus and later. The required hardware is only present in these devices and will probably included in later versions of the iPad or newer iPhones.

How to use 3D Touch with iBooks

Peek is typically triggered by a light touch, while Pop is a gesture characterized by a firm pressing action.

Recent books

To open up a quick menu on your Home Screen and access your most recently read books, lightly press on the iBooks icon. This will display a list of recently read titles and allow you to tap any of them to continue reading where you left off.

Reading progress

To see the progress you’ve made in your books, lightly press the cover of a book. The cover preview should zoom in and display a percentage that indicates how much of a book you have already consumed. You can press more firmly to enter the book in the app.

Chapter previews

When viewing the table of contents or index page of a book, lightly press on a chapter to view the first page of the respective chapter. This feature is pretty awesome when you’re unsure where you have left off. Press firmly to jump to the previewed chapter and continue reading.

Previewing notes

You can tap “Notes” when at the table of contents for a book to view your own notes. Lightly press on a note to peek into its contents, firmly press to pop into the full note.

Previewing bookmarks

You can also tap “Bookmarks” at the top of an index page to do the same. Lightly press to preview the actual location of a bookmark, then press more firmly to fully jump to the bookmark’s location in the text.

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