How to Read an iBook with Interactive Multimedia

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Some iBooks in the Apple iBooks store include multimedia elements you can interact with, such as movies, diagrams, presentations, galleries, 3D objects, and more. But when you stumble across one of these multimedia iBooks, how do you navigate it? There’s a couple different taps, pinches, and swipes to know before you start reading. Here’s how to read an iBook with interactive multimedia.

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To do this:

  • Open the iBooks app.

  • Navigate to the My Books page. Tap on the book cover to begin reading.

  • To interact with a multimedia object, tap, swipe, or pinch it.

  • To view an element full screen, pinch open with two fingers.

  • When you finish, pinch it closed.

  • In our example, there’s a play button center of screen.

  • When I tap the play button, the animation of the shark shows it swimming around.

  • I swipe to the next page and tap the Play button again. It plays the animation and reads the story to me while also highlighting the words spoken as it goes along.

  • Different books will have different multimedia elements, but the basic principle will remain the same: tap, swipe, or pinch.

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